Violence against women is 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 in all spheres of life.

In Tanzania, one in two women experience some form of violence—emotional, physical and/or sexual, at the hands of a spouseHowever, 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 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 and girls are not heard in their communities or in their homes.



Advancing Equality Through Human Rights Education in Tanzania


The project aim to increase empowerment of women and girls to advance gender equality in their communities. The goal for tomorrow is to :

  • Strengthen leadership for women and men to mobilize their communities
  • Enhance collaboration among women’s and human rights groups
  • Improve efforts of women’s organizations to engage with decision-makers

The situation today


In Tanzania, many efforts are being made to protect people’s basic human rights. Yet inequalities exist, especially for women and girls:

  • Sexual violence against women and children remains prevalent
  • Pregnant girls and young mothers are often denied an education
  • Women are usually not involved in decision making regarding household income

Our approach


The Project adopts a participatory approach to advance gender equality that includes:


  • Training on human rights and gender equality
  • Community initiatives and forums


  • Awareness-raising campaigns
  • Support to networks and coalitions


  • Training on engagement with decision-makers
  • Training for decision-makers
  • A policy dialogue   

Program Brochure



Learn more about our work in Tanzania

The planning and implementation of the Advancing Equality through Human Rights Education program is done in cooperation with the target communities in Tanzania. Thus, community members have been consulted and have themselves outlined the most pressing gender equality issues in their communities through data collection conducted by Equitas and its local partners during the baseline study. The data collected were subsequently shared back to the communities and validated by them as truly reflecting the issues they had raised. Through human rights education, Equitas will provide them the tools and skills needed to achieve the desired change.

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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