Gender and Development Semina Series (GDSS): Walking the Talk
ÂŠTanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP), 2010 All rights reserved. Layout and Graphics: Rehema Chachage Photography: Rehema Chachage
Contents Why we need to tell our stories A brief introduction Past and Present GDSS Background Challenges Our communityâ€™s daily reality Social Transformation GDSS members making a deffirence in their communities Outcomes Some success stories
True transformation stories
Have no endings
Why we need to tell our stories
Storytelling is increasingly understood to be a major tool
of campaigning and movement building. Drawing on grassroots
systematically. As part of addressing this issue, TGNP recognizes
practices and indigenous knowledge, storytelling captures the
and appreciates the huge and exceptional contributions made by
voice, spirit and soul of oppressed and exploited people, and can
GDSS and have deliberately decided to strengthen strategies for
be used to ignite action across boundaries of space and time.
At the same time, storytelling and documenting is a
The main objective of documenting
and telling stories
practice which is being used to unearth pertinent issues that are
of selected GDSS members was, firstly, to document and profile
often invisible due to various reasons. For quite a long time the
collective herstories of GDSS activists/ groups and their impact in
issue of documenting and sharing good practice and lessons has
bringing social change highlighting success stories, challenges
been a challenge; starting at individual as well as community levels.
faced and lessons learnt in transformation process.
Tacit knowledge on initiatives and struggles of grassroots women
and other marginalized groups has remained hidden; hence their
asses / understand their strengths and experiences that influenced
contributions for social change remained unheard and unknown.
their own change; to find out what stimulated them to organize for
Despite the major contributions made by GDSS groups
change in their respective communities; and, finally, to document
and individuals on organizing for social
and profile their individual as well as group profiles, specifically,
The other reason for telling these stories is to be able to
on what kind of transformative feminist activism they are carrying out, how they have used GDSS and other TGNP spaces [eg GTI, GF, and others] to promote their own agenda and priorities, and to enable them to become better catalysts in effecting social change in their constituents.
Past and Present Since its inception in 1996, Gender Development Seminar Series (GDSS) has increasingly become a popular space for public discussion and collective organizing on gender/feminism and human rights related issues. It is a space for enhancing conceptual analytical capacity and practical skills on various issues such as, lobbying for policy and structural change, organizing for social change, networking, information and experience sharing. Indeed through GDSS, several participants have been able to play catalyst role in effecting social change in their communities. The GDSS seminars are conducted in a highly participatory manner to allow for discussions and generation of critical ideas and issues. Women and men from all walks of life meet every Wednesday at the TGNP grounds from 15.00hrs to 17.00hrs to discuss, exchange information and jointly plan actions to influence change on different topical and burning issues. GDSS seminars are free and open to the general public.
Challenges: Our communityâ€™s daily reality
Water, a scarce necessity
And a daily struggle for us in the inner city...
... And there is trash everywhere,
We have to deal with that too...
... Not a good place to raise a child,
We owe it to them to make it better...
... And for those who are differently a
Special attention has to
o be paid!
Kigogo Youth and Women Development Prog
Based in Kigogo, Dar es Salaam. Mobilizing for access to water in the
Badi Darusi Secretary KYWDP
Rehema Kilai Mayuya Chair person KYWDP
Network for Disabled People living with HIV/A
Based in Mbagala, Dar es Salaam. Fighting for the rights of differentl
Specioza Mwankina Chair person NEDPHA+
ly abled people living with HIV/AIDS
Oscar Munni Secretary NEDPHA+
Community Care (CC), and Women Developme
Based in Mburahati and Makuburi, Dar es Salaam. Providing commu
Nantaika Maufi Group coordinator CC
ent Alliance (WDA)
unity service and supporting women and girls in crisis
Herieth Kabende Secretary WDA
Black Women Group (BWG)
Based in Mwananyamala, Dar es Salaam. Providing home based care
Maua Abdul Chair person BWG
e for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS sufferers
Juma Mbaruku Secretary BWG
Kigamboni Cluster (HAIRAT)
Based in Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam. Supporting children living in un
Subira Kibiga Deputy chair person HAIRAT
Sharifa Rashidi Member HAIRAT
Outcomes: Some success stories
Water flowing where there was none KYWDPâ€™s boreholes project in Kigogo community
Vocational skills for differently abled
NEDPHAâ€™s tailoring training for people with disabilities
d women and men
s in Mbagala community
Entertaining for care in Mbu
Community care members singing to rais
se funds for community work
Story in a story: How our images awakened public response
A little help goes a long way The story of Maria Patrick
Our images were released in the media, the pub
blic saw, they were touched, and they responded!
... And the struggle continues...
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