WAMA – Women Empowerment Unit

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The objective of the program is to empower Tanzanian women by designing strategies and activities that increase their skills, capacities, rights, and opportunities. Empowerment aims at enabling women to achieve control over factors of production and distribution of income and benefits. It is concerned with enhancing women’s power to control their own lives and become independent and self reliant both individually and collectively . 

The program uses various strategies to reach the targeted communities such as:

• Advocacy which helps to mobilize the community.

• Sensitization of the community

• Dissemination of information

• Capacity building for women to strengthen their participation in the economic and political processes for overall improvement of their lives and

• Organization of women in groups to enable women to learn from each other. 

The Program performs the following activities:

1. Conduct training projects that help to empower women by giving them skills and knowledge such as food processing skills and handicraft skills.

2. Support women groups which involve in development activities by giving them equipment and facilities such as sewing machines and photocopy machines.

3. To educate and mobilize women on the importance of property ownership especially land and their rights as human beings. Training in this area is done in collaboration with stakeholders such as TAWLA, and CWCA.

4. To collaborate with community based centers in various parts of the country which work to improve opportunities for disadvantaged women and girls.

5. To sponsor disadvantaged women and girls who seek to pursue vocational training in institutions such as VETA.

6. Collaborate with other stakeholders in lobbying for reduced bureaucratic barriers to establishing a business, increased women’s access to land and improved women’s access to finance

For the year 2007/2008 program has made the following achievements:

• Establish Paprika Project in Hoyoyo, Mkuranga district in which 134 men and women were trained on farming skills.

• Provide entrepreneurship skills training in Nzihi Ward in Iringa region, in Kelema Balai Mlongia in Kondoa district in Dodoma and

• Provide counseling for the needy women who visit WAMA offices.

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