Men must take responsibility for gender equality

Idd Rajabu Mziray is a trainer of women empowement and gender equality projects. He is also executive director of GAI Tanzania and a member of Men EngageTanzania. This week we met with him to talk about the Gender and Adolescence Initiative (GAI); their projects, gender equality, vocational training for adolescent girls.

Idd Rajabu Mziray, a trainer of women empowerment and gender equality
  1. Sexual Reproductive health and Rights and,
  2. Economic empowerment to Adolescent Mothers
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  2. Bakery
  3. Chicken keeping and,
  4. Personal branding and digital marketing
  1. Men must begin by acknowledging the privileges we have been born into as a result of the patriarchy — the system of society and government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it. The patriarchal system has historically placed the masculine at the center of the universe, favoring men and excluding women. Men have a role to start knowing that this power imbalance is wrong for them to play a role in ensuring gender equality.
  2. Men should take part in challenging Negative masculinity. In its most extreme form, negative or ‘toxic’ masculinity is discrimination, subjugation, or violence towards the feminine. This has led to high inequality between males and females because of their gender identity or expression.
  3. Unfortunately, men under patriarchy have tended to massively underestimate girls’ and women’s power to create change and to benefit the whole community. Therefore it is our role, as progressive boys and men, to share those spaces that patriarchy has granted us and promote girls’ and women’s leadership.
  1. Increased access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services including family planning, information, educations and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs
  2. Young women/mothers and communities that are supported by GAI have strong voices and power in individual and collective economic outcomes including ownership and access to resources.
  3. GAI has increased economic activities and empowerment to teenage and young mothers and eradicated poverty and economic dependency among young women.
  4. The rights to education among girls have increased to include getting girls to school with a safe environment and help them stay there.
  5. Young girls' protection and strengthened girls' safety and security has increased.
  6. Girls’ networks and girls' right movements building programs have aggregated and amplified girl’s rights and power.
  7. Annually generated evidence about how change towards girls right and gender equality happens to inform and influence individual and institutions
  1. Grants and funds
  2. Membership contributions
The Team of GAI
  • There were also concerned about keeping program staff and volunteers safe and operating as many programs were burned
  • Many donors also closed the offices for social distancing purposes and this hindered our smoothy operations as we mostly depend on donors

Arife Kabil Mede; Turkish ex-pat in Africa. Sociologist, journalist. Interviews with NGO leaders in Africa. Updates, researches, projects.