Tanzania: Summit inspires change

Tanzania: Summit inspires change

Date: June 15, 2015
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Dar es Salaam, 15 June: The Tanzania Gender Protocol@Work Summit rewarded drivers of change for their work in advancing gender equality. The event was held in New Africa Hotel in the capital city bringing together media, faith-based and civil society organisations to share good practice in gender mainstreaming.

Before awarding the winners, the guest of honour- Ambassador Christopher Liundi congratulated gender champions for their unity and cooperation with other organisations to make sure the country wins the fight against gender based violence (GBV). “I take this opportunity to congratulate women for this colourful event and for your efforts to include other organisations which are very important when addressing gender inequality,” said Ambassador Liundi.

In the category for Constitutional and Legal Rights, Leonida Kanyuma from Tanzania Media women Association (TAMWA)- who had presented on women’s participation in the ongoing constitutional review- emerged as the winner, while Tumaini Hemedi won the runner-up award. Bahati Mandago emerged as winner in the GBV category and the runner-up winner was Marcela Lungu from the TAMWA.

In the radio category, Humphrey Mgonja from SAUT Radio FM who produced a programme titled The Challenge Facing Street Young Girls, was announced as winner, while Ibrahim Ali scooped the runner-up award.

The print media award went to the only contestant-Suzani Mwilo from Mwananchi Newspape, for her article on a businesswoman from Buguruni. She expressed her happiness and said the award has given her renewed energy to help giving women and gender issues a voice. “This award has given me inspiration to continue writing about injustice in society,” said Mwillo.

Renatus Sona from Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) was announced as the winner in the faith based category, Lois Gondwe won in the conflict resolution category for her project that creates awareness among Pemba girls, while Elizabeth Riziki scooped the leadership award. Sholastica Mbano was awarded for her work in sexual and reproductive health and Peter Orwa an Editor from Uhuru Publication, won a media award.

One of the many gender champions- Humphery Mgonja said that the summit has motivated him to continue with his work in gender and to become an expert in the field. He added, “I believe that my creativeness and confidence in producing and designing the programme helped me win.”

In her note of thanks, the Executive Director of Tanzania Gender Networking Program (TGNP) Lilian Liundi, extended her appreciation to Gender Links and other Alliance members for rewarding drivers of change, “We thank the Gender Links for their commendable support in financing this summit, this reflects how they are determined to make sure gender equality is achieved,” said Liundi.

This article is part of the Gender Links News Service special coverage of the SADC Gender Protocol Summits underway across the region, offering fresh views on everyday news.


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