Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA. The Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce a new partnership with Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) to implement interventions to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation. Through the Africa Regional Development Fund (ARDF), the Embassy will support WiLDAF’s 18-month project called ‘Achieving Zero FGM in Mara-Jamii Imara’ to be implemented in Mara region. The project seeks to contribute to accelerating elimination of FGM in Tanzania as outlined in the National Anti-FGM Strategy. Jamii Imara will be implemented in three Mara districts: Tarime, Butiama, and Serengeti.
Jamii Imara’s goal is to accelerate social and gender norms transformation to eliminate FGM. The project will work with groups of women and girls to empower them on their rights to safety and bodily autonomy. For women and out-of-school girls, the project includes an economic empowerment component to provide alternative sources of income, build financial resilience and reduce vulnerability to FGM and other forms of GBV. Jamii Imara will also work with male youth, religious and traditional leaders to become champions of change and lead social transformation initiatives at the grassroot levels. At the institutional level, Jamii Imara seeks to support building of strong networks of civil society and government for mutual learning, sharing experiences, collaboration and strengthening collective actions to end FGM in all its forms, including cross-border practices.
During this year’s commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, Jamii Imara Project is a demonstratable commitment of the United States’ Government to continue investing and supporting civil societies and the Government of Tanzania in programs aiming to eliminate violence against women and girls.