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Our Background

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”- United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Despite the existence of rights, which should ensure the protection of all human beings the reality of many people in Tanzania looks different. Seeing the big vulnerability of children and women in the Mara Region, Jipe Moyo started a fight against harmful traditions and tries to break down deadlocked structures. The lack of respect and equality creates the image that women and girls are less worth than men and leads to injustice and oppression in many different forms:

  1. Child/ early/ forced marriage:
  2. By definition a child is a human being below the age of 18. In many, especially rural, areas of the Mara region, people ignore the issue of age but just focus on the outward appearance of a girl. This disrespect of the legal situation becomes visible through a report of Human Rights Watch, which tells that in Tanzania 4 out of 10 girls are married before their 18th birthday.

  3. FMG: Female Genital Mutilation:
  4. Definition (WHO): “FGM comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.”

  5. CSCE: Child Sexual Commercial Exploitation
  6. In the Mara region there is a high appearance of sexual violence against children and specifically girls, which visualises once more the disrespect of their will and rights.

  7. Child Labour
  8. In the Mara region children are seen as a source of wealth and get forced into child labour, which the International Labour Organisation (ILO) defines as “work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to their physical and mental development”.