This project will support the Maasai community in the Kilimanjaro region by strengthening their capacity on the land ownership rights and gender equality awareness to women and young girls as their culture does not value the status of women as women and young girls can be beaten by their husbands and denied the rights of owning properties like land and cows. MVIWATA works to empower more than 200 Maasai women in this program and is looking for support to transform this society.
More than 1000 women in the Maasai community from the Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania are constrained by cultural practices like women should be beaten, denied access to own properties like land and other valuable livestock like cows where men are only owners. This has exposed Maasai women to the poverty status than men, hence they are constrained to reach out to socio-economic opportunities. The project aims at empowering more than 200 Maasai women in the Kilimanjaro region.
MVIWATA has already worked with 200 women in the Maasai Community since 2014. We have developed a model that effectively addresses gender inequality affecting Maasai Women in the Kilimanjaro region through training to change the men's mindsets about land ownership as practiced in their culture, link with government officials in providing land ownership certificates to women and gender equality awareness to the women, men and young generation in the society.
The project will ensure Women Economic Empowerment through support in the access to land ownership for agricultural activities. Also, Evolution of mindsets for future generations to empower women and girls to be economically independent will be the key impact which will be ensured by the project.