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1 Voices of Grassroots Women From TANZANIA

2 SPIRIT SOCIETIES Binti Nanguja Leader of Cluster of Spirit Societies “ In spirit societies, women are powerful. We control spirits. We speak to our ancestors. Men fear to tread in spirit societies. We heal with song and dance. We are women of spirits”

3 Women with Disabilities in Tanzania Lupi Mwaisaka Maswanya Chairperson, Federation of People with Disabilities in Tanzania. “We are not dumb. We have different abilities. We have a language. Sign language, is a language”

4 Women Reclaiming our Space Ma Sharifa Rashid Nyakanga wa UNYAGO “Men have invaded sacred spaces belonging to women. Spaces like UNYAGO-Rites de passage. Though they are not physically present, their presence hovers over our rituals. From being a sacred space to guide a girl in transition from child to woman, UNYAGO has become training ground for pleasuring men. We want back our space”

5 Albino Women “We live in fear of getting killed. They (people with superstitious beliefs of witchcraft) kill us and use parts of our bodies in witchcraft rituals. We now move in groups. It gives us some protection. The government protects wildlife, it doesn’t protect albino” Mwajuma and Rehema. Members of Tanzania Society for Albino

6 Voices of Women Food Vendors “We are not Mama Ntilie-Mother Serve me. We are Mama Lishe- Mothers and Nurturers” Association of Food Vendors.

7 Sex Workers “No! I was not a prostitute. I`m not a reformed prostitute! I`m a retired Sex Worker but I still provide advice to my colleagues and once in a while services to my clients.” Harriet Retired Commercial Sex Worker

8 Rape Survivor I`m a survivor of rape. I`m a woman living with HIV. I`m a woman with disabilities. I`m strong I`m a woman of spirit I have courage. ISpecioza Sekela Mwamkini Chairperson of Network of Disabled People Living With HIV/AIDS

9 TAMAR Women Programme “We use analogies from the Bible to fight rape of women. Our programme against rape is called ‘THE TAMAR PROGRAMME’. It has been successful in curbing rape of women in Mbeya Tanzania. Society has understood the analogy because they have read in the Bible that Tamar was raped and she survived”

10 Voice of Liberated Activists Subira Kibiga- Chair Person of Feminist Culture Group “I became a feminist because I refused to be treated like a toy. Yes! It was difficult – breaking the barriers of culture and tradition. But I mobilized other women, organized them, and we formed a MOVEMENT. Now we have a VOICE. We have MUSCLE. We are ‘Wanaharakati Waliokomboka’ – Liberated Activists. That, is being a feminist”


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