Our #BalanceforBetter 2019 Appeal
The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.” In line with #BalanceforBetter, our appeal is raising funds to support pastoralist women suffering extreme gender inequality to become financially independent, empowered in their communities and to enjoy a dignified way of living.
Context: Land dispossession and gender inequality are serious challenges facing pastoralists in Tanzania. Land disputes between communities, as well as an institutional preference towards wildlife and conservation land use exacerbates the problem of land displacement. Despite their involvement with toiling the land and cattle rearing, women are often denied the opportunity to make decisions about land or livestock, meaning they have little power or say in traditional decision-making processes.
Project: In collaboration with UCRT, we are working to improve community resilience for 22,303 pastoralists (including 11,364 women) in 13 villages across 3 districts of northern Tanzania by legally securing land so these villages are able to have shared grazing land and use it in a way that suits them.
Your support will help African Initiatives work towards redressing the sharp gender imbalance in Tanzanian pastoralist communities by supporting community sensitisation training on women’s rights, Women Rights and Leadership Forums (a platform for female representatives to discuss women’s issues in their communities), and the set up of Village Community Bank (VICOBA) schemes (provide microloans to women, providing them with access to credit, means of production and financial independence). Read more about our livelihoods work