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Violence against women and children in homes and public spaces are a major barrier to their participation in decision-making. Our work in Tanzania focuses on promoting inclusion and equipping communities to address gender-based violence and allow for a better protection of the rights of children and youth.

In Tanzania, one in two women experience some form of violence—emotional, physical and/or sexual, at the hands of a spouse. Almost 75% of children under the age of 18 have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence.

However, most cases of violence are not reported, since violence is widely accepted as a reality of the culture.

A baseline study conducted by Equitas and our partner TUSONGE in 2015, in three communities in the Kilimanjaro region, confirmed that violence against women, children and youth in the home and in public spaces is a major barrier to their participation in decision-making that affects their lives.

The voices of women, children and youth are not heard in their communities or in their homes.


What we do


Addressing these challenges through human rights education, Equitas is committed to:


  • equip community members with knowledge, leadership skills and tools to change behaviours and influence public dialogue to address violence within families and communities;
  • build collaborative partnerships between civil society, local authorities and community leaders to address violence against women, children and youth through policy dialogue and implementing the laws;
  • strengthen existing national and community networks and mechanisms which address violence against women, children and youth;
  • disseminate good practices, lessons learned, research findings and capacity-building tools on a regional and national level through forums and dialogues.      

Our Impact

“When you empower women in decision-making, you empower the whole.”
Community member, May 2015.

“I feel empowered. This is capacity building.”
Michael Reuben, a local leader and Equitas alumnus


Through our work in Tanzania, we have:

  • Trained 35 organizations on how to use a human rights-based approach and to effectively collaborate within their communities.
  • Reached almost 6,000 community members who got involved in the support of the participation of women in decision making and reducing violence in their communities.
  • Brought together decision makers and civil society organizations through forums and community actions in the Kilimanjaro and Arusha regions to support the government’s National Plan of Action to End Violence Against Women and Children.

Program Brochure

Our partners

Equitas works in Tanzania with TUSONGE.

Our work in Tanzania is part of Advancing Equality Through Human Rights Education project, funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC).


Keep updated on the latest news on our work in Tanzania.


Read our stories – such as the story of the fight for Albino rights in Tanzania – which demonstrate how Equitas helps train human rights defenders and community members to change attitudes, behaviours and influence public dialogue to address violence within families and communities.


Discover tools, tips and resources to take action.


Laura Martinez Lung
Program Officer, Equitas
514-954-0382 #278



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