Founded in 1997, African Initiatives is a Bristol-based international development charity. We empower women and girls living in rural Tanzania to demand and exercise their human rights – the right to an education, the right to healthcare, the right to own property/land and the right to be part of decision-making processes.
We have particular expertise in working with the Maasai, one of the most male-dominated societies on earth. Women and girls living in Maasai communities experience extreme gender inequality. Girls are routinely denied the chance to go to school and, instead, are married off at primary school age in exchange for cattle. If you would like to know how African Initiatives started, please read this blog post.
Our Programme Areas
Girls’ Education We help girls go to school – ensuring they have every chance to succeed. We tackle issues like early forced marriage and gender-based violence which cause girls to drop out of education. We train teachers to be inspirational role models for both girls and boys.
Women’s Rights We promote gender equality and empower women as decision-makers in their communities and as key agents for social change. Women’s rights are at the heart of all our projects.
Health Rights We educate communities on sexual and reproductive health, including HIV/AIDS, family planning and maternal care. We help people access and understand their rights to access health services.
Livelihoods and Resilience We support rural communities, like the Maasai, to improve their livelihoods and resilience, through better access to land and village community bank schemes, which offer access to credit and business and financial management training.