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Title:Organized and gendered media advocacy at the centre of the feminist movement in a patriarchal Tanzania
Author:Madaha, RaselISNI
Periodical:Africa Review: Journal of African Studies Association of India (ISSN 0974-4061)
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:women's organizations
mass media
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/09744053.2014.883754
Abstract:Feminist movements are not a new phenomenon. Yet, there is much to learn from country-specific movements and in particular the ones in Africa. This study uses qualitative survey to study the role of the feminist movement in Tanzania. It reveals that Tanzanian women advocacy non-governmental organizations (NGOs), at the core of the movement, have been playing a key role in addressing women's needs since the early 1990s, following developments in the media and increased freedom of speech. Consequently, the movement has laid a solid gender-sensitive foundation for the entire nation. The current achievement would not have been possible without a unique and specific commitment of Tanzanian women NGOs and the Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) in particular. In an attempt to achieve gender equity, TAMWA has challenged and reshaped patriarchal government policies and laws of the ruling elites and their regime with assistance of gender-empowered media advocacy. Nonetheless, TAMWA and other women advocate NGOs, as key stakeholders of the feminist movement, must continue the fight in all spheres so that a gender-sensitive government that is equally responsible to men and women is created and sustained. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]