Welcome to HakizetuTanzania, Previousily known as Hakizetu Young Women and Girls Rights Organization'

Hakizetui is a young women and girls lead Organization, a non-profitable organization, based on promoting women and girls’ rights and preventing Violence against women and girls tageted on child marriage and teenage pregnancy. Since its establishment in the year 2010 and legally registered in the year 2011, Hakizetu has been able to reach more than 1 million young women and girls through its programs including, Economic Empowernment, capacity building, Awareness raising, legal aid and social counselling, community intervation and mobilization and policy Advocacy.
Hakizetu’s main office is located at Plot No 5, Block G, Seleman Nassoro Nyamanoro Street, Ilemela district Mwanza region, Tanzania East Africa, Hakizetu is operating in both urban and rural areas mostly in remote areas of Lakezone where seems to be with a big percentage of VAW/GBV and a rate of drop out schools girls due to early pregnancy and forced/early marriage are in increases.


We are committed to conduct innovative programs/activities that empower the voice of young women and girls to be heard and supported nationally and Internationally through build their capacities, Mobilizing the community to take initiative on prevention approaches, raise awareness of community members and other stakeholders including policy makers to be better organized, strengthened and able to take actions to prevent, mitigate violence against women (VAW), teenage pregnancy and early/forced marriage. Through providing literacy sessions based on human rights; gender based violence, young women’s leadership skills, as well as various youth development programs to deepen self esteem and confidence among young women and girls.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Child Marriage In Tanzania

In Tanzania youth is a group which is facing many challenges including child marriage, teenage pregnancy, unemployment, drug abuse and many more. Since the youth is a vulnerable group more attention is needed. The following is how these problems affect them;

Unemployment in Tanzania
Work is a source of personal dignity, family stability, peace at household, community and the nation at large. Work is the key in poverty reduction and facilities in achieving equitable, inclusive and sustainable development in the country. However, according to ‘The Guardian‘, youth employment situation remains one of the key challenges in Tanzania. Unemployment rate among youth -15 and 34 years old- was 13.4 per cent, females stand at 14.3 per cent and amongst males were 12.3 per cent. Urban areas are hardest hit with unemployment rate, reaching 22.3 per cent as against 7.1 per cent in the rural areas.
It is characterized by features like imbalance between supply and demand in the labour market and increasing of urban employment pressures with outflow of rural surplus labour to non-agricultural sectors.
Most youth have no skills employable. Skills requirement in the labour market not compatible with skills supply as a result, we have a mismatch of skills. Others are altitude of youth towards work, insufficient business and entrepreneurship development services.
Child Marriage
Choosing when and who to marry is one of life’s most important decisions. No one else, however well-meaning, has the right to make that decision, e.g. decision to marry should be freely made, informed decision that is taken without fear, coercion, or undue pressure. It is an adult decision and a decision that should be made, when ready, as an adult.

Child marriage, also known as early marriage, is defined as, any marriage carried out below the age of 18 years here in Tanzania, before the girl is physically, physiologically, and psychologically ready to shoulder the responsibilities of marriage and childbearing.

Tanzania has one of the highest child marriage prevalence rates in the world. On average, almost two out of five girls will be married before their 18th birthday. About 37% of the women aged 20-24 were married/in union before age 18. Data shows a 4% decline since 2004 (41%) (TDHS 2012). Child marriage in Tanzania mainly affects girls and women, Tanzanian women on average get married more than five years earlier than Tanzanian men. This makes to be with a big number of young women who unemployed and who cannot fit in many employment quarterlies. This is because many of them are school droppers. But we as Hakizetu believe they need a second chance to fulfill their vision through using their talents and informal skills.      

Drug Abuse
The increase in poverty and unemployment among graduate and non-graduate people has worsened household lives, forcing parents to send their children begging in the streets, children engaging themselves in girl-child sexual business while others are pooled into the drug business in association with drug barons and some unethical politicians and government officials.

Drug abuse in Tanzania is growing problem although there is no national data to provide exact figures on the magnitude of this problem. Problems associated with drug abuse include among others, significant morbidity and mortality. Globalization and growth of information technology in Tanzania has increased access to amplified drug abuse among youth. In Lake Zone areas where Hakizetu is working there is a big number youth affected with drugs, even after recurring them it’s not easy for them to access employment because of not meeting employment qualification due to market compatible.

What we do?
Hakizetu as a non-governmental Organization which was legally registered in the year 2011 under non-governmental organization working with vulnerable groups of young people (Youth ) girls and boys, vulnerable groups, survivors of child marriage, teenage pregnancy, survivors of drug abuse and other vulnerable groups and from lower income base. Our targeted age is from -15 to 35 years who are 44.82% out of nearest 48 millions Tanzania total populations (According to the 2012 Tanzania Census.)

 Hakizetu is working on innovation, recognizing and promoting talents, empowering on job creation and adding value in youth’s products. Also Hakizetu is working on prevention approaches of child marriage, teenage pregnancy, child labor and drug abuse.

Case Study

The cycle of violence in Tanzania

Sarah was born in 1989 Dec; they were only 2 children for the family of Mr and Mrs Daniel Shirime in Kilimanjaro Rombo District.
She started her primary education in 1995 at the same district Rombo Walku Primary School. After  she has completed std vii, was no body to take care of her neither interested to send her to secondary school as by the time she completed  class vii her mother had already passed away and the father had no any source of income.
She started working as a house keeper at one house to another house after descending that her father will not be able to support her for her secondary education and other expenses.
At the first time glance she was given the light duties to perform according to the age. After one year without given the opportunity to attend secondary education she decided to ask her boss about her to be taken to school as how it was they are agreements, when she asked, her boss said, “Do you think I have money to take you to school while your own father failed to do so?    I don’t have any money to lose”.

She used to wake up at around 4:00 every morning and she was supported to go to bed at 1:00 at the mid night. Sarah was supposed to perform all duties at home alone without any assistant from other family members, Prepare breakfast for the children, escorting them to their schools, it was very tiresome.

Working without any payment as her boss insisted that at that age she did not need to have any amount of money. She worked there for one and half year. She tolerated the insults, mistreatment and all form of human rights abuse. No any medical care and no any kind of humanity in whatever and whinier she tried to perform.

There was one boy who as well worked at the same house as farm attend cut, He witnessed whatever was going on and feet that the only way to save her was to marry her. Thought that the only way to escape from that Satanist situation was to marry that boy and walk out of the prison that was a time when Sarah faced the phenomena of early marriage at early age of 14 (2003)
Sarah call this as forced marriage as she was forced to marry the boy purposely to get out of the prison after being saved as a slave in that house for more than one and half year without getting any payment rather good treatment from her boss.
Sarah become pregnant at the age of 14 years, the boy also was supposed to terminate the work at that house as well; the boy was at the age 16 years.
By the age 14 Sarah was not aware of any maternal issues, she did not even attend a single clinic session, No money as the boy was as well not employed anywhere. In most of the days they were not able to get even food to eat.
She delivered her baby at home with the help from one of her neighbor. No clinic card, no any advice from the health clinical centre.

The life at her onlySINGLE ROOM was very terrible; in most cases they faced a very difficult life. Despite the difficult life she delivered the 2nd kids born in 2007. Both of her children are girls. The second was born premature and with a very low weight because Sarah was not able again to attend also clinic and life situation was still the same. At that particular time her husband run away. Sarah was leaved alone with two children and from that time her husband did not come back at home.
The life situation became more worsened, Sarah had to try all alternatives, and she started to pass again to the houses finding a work of cleaning houses or even toilets just to get a single cent for her and her children to purchase of food.

The rented room that she was leaving with her husband and her children was given to her in free of charge after her economic situation to become more worth. In some cases her neighbors supported her to get food and other basic needs for her and her children.
Up to this moment she has worked to more than seven people’s houses, only one employer showed tenderness love, she was working at Kivulini Women’s Rights Organization called Hellena.
Hellena paid Sarah a good payment where by Sarah managed to hire a simple room that she is up to now living with her 2 children.

Working at Hellena’s place Sarah had the opportunity to exposure to women and girls rights organizations like Kivulini, Wote Sawa and Lasts joined Hakizetu Women and Girls Rights Organization, an Organization that is working in preventing young women and girls from VAW and support survivors of the violation against women.

Under Hakizetu Sarah got opportunity to attend different sessions which stimulated her understanding on women and girls human rights. Sarah was able to attend Tailoring training program which aims in empowering young women survivor of VAW economically. This Opportunity enables Sarah to acquire new knowledge of clothes making.

This is a situation that many young mothers and girls are facing in many part of Africa especial in the areas that Hakizetu is working under. Hakizetu research comes out with a data that more than 23% of girls fewer than 18 years are survivors of early pregnancy and marriage in Mwanza Region Tanzania East Africa, The situation faced Hakizetu to find out the way to sort out the phenomena which seems to be more common day after day.

Sarah is one of many survivors of the violation against women that were been always coming to Hakizetu office to seek for financial and material support in order to run their lives, Only in the year 2013 Hakizetu was received more than 200 young women survivors of the violation who wanted to be supported economically and also to be supported to go back to schools. Many of them were chased away from school soon after being affected with the phenomena of early marriage

The situation makes Hakizetu to come out with different programs with the aims of supporting survivors of the violation in Mwanza and later on in African at large, Among the program that Hakizetu come out with is establishing the entrepreneurship training of tailoring training where survivors where corrected together and been trained on how to make clothes and garments in order to improve their economic situation.

Hakizetu also have been conducting different awareness raising campaign with the aims of changing social altitude and practice that generate to the violation against women

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Ask you friends to donate for Hakizetu Campaign of "Shoe to every kid" instead of birthday gifts


“Wouldn't it be great if there was a shoe that could adjust and expand – so that kids always had a pair of shoes that fit?”

The shoe that Grow is a patented design of an innovative that adjusts and expand
"Over 2 billion people suffer from soil-transmitted diseases and parasites. They live in areas that do not have adequate sanitation. They struggle with proper hygiene. They do not have the right clothing, resources, or health coverage. And being sick = struggling. Kids miss school, can’t help their families, suffer with pain. Many of these diseases and parasites get into the body because people don’t have shoes. Some of them drop out of schools because they feel shameful going to schools without shoes.
There are over 300 million children who do not have shoes. And countless more with shoes that do not fit. Sometimes they receive donations of shoes, but these are kids. Their feet grow. And they outgrow donated shoes within a year. Right back where they started.

A shoe that lasts five years and grows five sizes. With this shoe, a kid can always have a pair of shoes that fit. They can stay healthy and happy – ready to take the next steps to their future."
The shoes come in two sizes: small and large each size grows 5 sizes and lasts at least 5 years.
Small= Grows 5 Sizes –from Kindergarten to standard 4 (4th Grade)
Large=Grows 5 sizes- From standard 5 to form 2

Many young girls in Tanzania are dropping out of schools because of uniform, they are not comfortable and they feel shameful going to schools without shoes, Many of them ends on involving in sexual practice while leads to early pregnancy and marriage.
Hakizutu Young Women and Girls’ Rights Organization –Tanzania is raising a total amount of Euro 4500 (equivalent to 10,287,190.8 T-sh) for buying 300 pairs of shoes for 300 pupils of one primary school of Lutare Magu (Rural) Mwanza. Each pair will last at least 5 years.
To bring happiness and critical relief to 300 kids of Lutare Primary School,b stopping child marriage and pregnancy please donate online to The Hakizetu Young Women and Girls’ Rights Organization through clicking this link, www.betterplace.org/p29887
As we know you can not be in a good position to donate but please you can share this with your friends, family, co-workers, supporters, development partners and all people.
This fund will support direct 300 kids of Lutare Primary school; anything raised above and beyond their needs will be reserved to support other kids in other schools allover Tanzania in similar issue.
We are incredibly grateful that we can count on you during this difficult time. Thank you for your generosity-Lets help to make a change in our community, together we can do it.
Ask your friends to donate instead of Birthday Gifts.

To donate please click here: www.betterplace.org/p29887

A pair of shoes to every kid
View on www.betterplace.org

With great appreciation
Gervas Evodius
Senior Program Officer

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

“LET’S TALK & TAKE ACTION PROJECT” Mpango wa Kijanja kwa wajanja wa Town.


(Mpango wa kijanja kwa wajanja wa Town)

 LET'S TALK PROJECT,Mpango wa kijanja kwa wajanja wa town, Mradi mpya unaolenga kuzungunza na kuchukua hatua kwa mambo mbalimbali yanayowakumba vijana hasa katika masuala ya ukosefu wa ajira, matumizi ya dawa za kulevya, mahusiano yaliyopo kati ya ukatili wa  kijinsia na maambukizi mapya ya virusi vya UKIMWI pamoja na nafasi ya vijana katika katiba inayopendekezwa na  uchaguzi mkuu wa Tanzania wa mwaka 2015.

Mradi huu unaoendeshwa na shirika la Hakizetu la jijini Mwanza chini ya usimamizi wa Africa Center for Transformative and Inclusive Leadership –Nairobi Kenya umelenga kuwafikia vijana waliopo mashuleni na wasiokuwa mashuleni  na jamii nzima kwa ujumla katika wilaya mbili za Ilemela na Nyamagana mkoa wa Mwanza.

Lengo kuu la mradi huu ni kupaza sauti na kuchukua hatua mazubuti na zinasitaili katika kuakikisha kwamba vijana na jamii nzima wanaondokana na tatizo la umasikini wa kipato na kifikra kwa kutoa elimu ya ujasiliamali ili kuondokana na tatizo kubwa la ajira kwa vijana, tatizo ambalo limekuwa likipelekea vijana wengi kujiunga na kujiingiza kwenye makundi mabaya kama ya ujambazi na usafirishaji wa dawa za kulevya.

Baadhi ya washiriki wakimsikiliza kwa makini mratibu wa mradi wa LET'S TALK wakati wa ufunguzi wa mradi huo shuleni Baptist jijini Mwanza

Pia kutoa elimu ya afya na makuzi kwa vijana ili kuondokana na maambukizi mapya ya magonjwa ya ngono ikiwepo na UKIMWI , kuzuia mimba za mapema na utoaji mimba usiokuwa salama pamoja na kuzuia ukatili wa kijinsia.

Kutoa elimu ya uraia na uongozi  na kusisitiza vijana na jamii mzima kuisoma katiba pendekezwa na kushiriki katika kugombea ngazi za uongozi na kujiandikisha kupiga kura na kujitokeza kwa wingi kupiga kura za kuwachagua viongozi.

 Baadhi ya washiriki wa mdahalo wa LET'S TALK PROJECT,

Mradi huu ni wa mwaka mmoja na umeanza January 2015 na unategemewa kufikia tamati yake mwezi December 2015.

Mratibu wa mradi huu ndugu Gervas Evodius, amesema, mradi huu ni jibu la matatizo mengi yanayowakumba vijana wa kitanzania na jamii nzima, cha muhimu ni vyema kwa vijana na jamii nzima ya kitanzania kutumia fursa hii ya kipekee kujadili na kuchukua hatua dhidi ya mambo mbalimbali yanayowakumba, Vijana tuna nguvu kubwa na fursa za kutuondoa kwenye matatizo mbalimbali yanayotukabili ambayo baadhi ni, Umasikini, magonjwa,ujinga na matumizi ya dawa za kulevya.

Mratibu wa mradi wa LET'S TALK PROJECT kutoka Hakizetu akiwa na baadhi ya washiriki wa mradi huo siku ya ufunguzi tarehe 15 mwezi 1 shuleni Mwanza Baptist

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Word of appreciation from Hakizetu’s Executive Director,

Word of appreciation from Hakizetu’s Executive Director,

In This year 2014, Hakizetu reached more than 50,000 people worldwide, through her five programs of Economic empowerment, capacity building, awareness raising, social counseling and legal aids and advocacy,  it was not a simple task  for Hakizetu  to succeed without a strongest commitment of Hakizetu team, partnership and networking with both international and national organizations/institutions and individuals.

As we are approaching to the end of the year 2014, On behalf of Hakizetu board of director and Hakizetu team, we would like to thank many Organizations/institutions and individuals who played a critical role in enabling Hakizetu to succeed a lot  on this year, I would like to thank GBV Prevention Network- Kampala Uganda, Raising Voices –Kampala Uganda, Human Rights Watch Women Division- USA, Lvct health, Africa Centre for Transformative and Inclusive Leadership –Kenya, UN WOMEN, TFSR Wales Cymru- Uk, Africa Women Development Fund- Accra Ghana, International Humanist alliance (IHA) and Walk Free Foundation.

Also I would like to express my deep appreciation to Wildaf-Tanzania, Mwanza Policy Initiative Network  (MPI), Children Agenda Network- Mwanza , Mwanza Youth and Children Network (MYCN), Compassion Community Organization –Tanzania,  Women Promotion Center (WPC)  –Kigoma , Youth to Youth- Mwanza, Wote Sawa-Mwanza, Kivulini Women Organization, Mikono Yetu- Mwanza, FAWE-Tanzania.
Bondeni Primary School, Kilimahewa Primary School, Ibungiro Secondary School, Nyamanoro ward council office, Nyamanoro police station and Ilemela primary court, Ilemela and  Magu district court, and Kirumba police station.

Personally I would like to show my appreciations to Hakizetu Capacity Building and Advocacy Manager Mr Gervas for his effort which makes Hakizetu to become among successful organization, but surely he could not work and succeed alone without a good working team of all of Hakizetu’s staffs and volunteers, Thank you very much.  

Most of all we would like to thank individuals who trusted Hakizetu and reported Violations cases to our office and all of our clients/customers, beneficiaries, stakeholders and all community members who shared their experiences with us in our activities.

We are looking forward for more working collaboration and supports from you all in the coming year, Hakizetu will continue working for the society.

Cunegunda Ngereja
Hakizetu Executive Director.

Thursday, 27 November 2014


On behalf of Hakizetu Young Women and Girls Rights Organization, Youth to Youth Movement and GBV Network,we are inviting you in the Open Dialogue on 16 Days of Activism at Hakizetu's Office Nyamanoro Mwanza this friday 28 Nov 2014 from 10 to 12 hrs, We will get a chance to discuss together on the impact of GBV on reproductive health, Many different speakers have been invited to this event, 


Matarajio ya awali
3.00-4.00 Asubuhi
Kukaribisha Wageni/washiriki  na kujiandikisha

Kubaini idadi ya washiriki, jinsi zao na wanakotoka 
Neno la Kukaribisha wageni na kujitambulisha


Washiriki Kujengewa mazingira safi ya ushiriki
Historia ya siku 16 za kupinga ukatili
Kuwandaa washiriki kuelewa umhimu wa  kufanya maazimisho haya

Visa mkasa 2 na igizo
Waathirika wa ukatili,
Wasichana Hakizetu/ Youth2Youth

Kuibua na kuchochea hisia za washiriki katika kujadili mada
Majadiliano kwa njia ya mdahalo
wakiongozwa na
Kubaini na kutathmini hisia za washiriki katika kupinga ukatili wa kijinsia

Mkurugenzi  kutoka TAHEA/Hakizetu
Kubaini  kwa pamoja  mikakati ya nini kifanyike katika   kuzuia ukatili wa kijinsia na kutawanyika

Kurudisha viti na vifaa vilivyotumika
Wasichana wanafunzi Hakizetu
Mwisho wa mdahalo