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Bank nameEquity Bank
BranchUhuru Street, Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Swift CodeEQBLTZTZ
Account nameOur Voices Against Harassment
Account number3003211646245
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About us

Who we Are:

Our Voices Against Harassment (OVAH) is a Tanzanian non-profit dedicated to tackling sexual harassment and establishing a gender-just and violence-free nation. We provide a reporting platform through which girls and young women who have experienced sexual violence, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, gender-based violence, and so on, can report in real-time, all from the tip of their fingers! OVAH runs a variety of Advocacy programs, including awareness and prevention workshops and seminars and Mwajuma Simama. This animation series educates Tanzanians and facilitates conversations about sexual abuse and harassment.

Our History

Our history started in 2015 when Modesta Joseph founded the OurCries Initiative to fight students harassment from bus operators on public transportation. The organization was revamped to Our Voices Against Harassment (OVAH) in 2019. The decision was made to protect and eradicate all forms of sexual violence facing girls and women in Tanzania. Moreover, to include other marginalized groups prone to face sexual harassment apart from school-going children, children, youths, and women; in all environments in Tanzania.

Vision:

To establish a gender just and violence-free society.

Mission

Our mission is to ensure the protection of women's, youth's, and children's rights in the social, economic, and environmental domains by combating sexual violence and empowering them to realize their rights and full potential.

Our Objectives

Strive to eliminate all forms of exploitation, discrimination, and violence against women and children and advocate for a harassment-free community in Tanzania.
Promote equality and advance women’s rights, youth, and children at all levels of society.
Enhance the living standards of women and girls affected by different forms of harassment through social and economic empowerment.
To build a country that has zero tolerance for sexual violence and upholds and protects the rights of children, youths, and women.

Meet the Team

Founder

Team member

Modesta Joseph

Founder/CEO

Programs Officers

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Margareth Julius

Program Officer

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Abdulkarim Haji Nenga

Program Officer

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Elham Riyami

Program Officer

Outreach & Marketing Programs

Team member

Sheilla Mathias

Marketing Officer

Meet Our Advisory Board

Team member

Carolyne Ekyarisiima

Strategy and Operations

Team member

Wilhelm Oddo

Strategy and Operations

Meet our Volunteer

Therapists/Psychologists

Team member

Mbaraka Lusato

Psychologists

Team member

Anastazia G. Nturu

Psychologists

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Teddy John

Psychologists

Team member

Bernadetha Joseph Nzuki

Psychologists

Legal Advisors

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Johnmary Johnbosco

Legal Advisors

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Stella Rogers Maimu

Legal Advisors

Team member

Mariam Mkami Elias

Legal Advisors

Team member

Mariam Shaban Omary

Legal Advisors

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Lemister Aroni Mtoni

Legal Advisors

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Jovinary Adam Zacharia

Legal Advisors

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Musa Yonazi Makange

Legal Advisors

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Mariamu S. Omary

Legal Advisors

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John Kabudi

Legal Advisors

Team member

Bahati Misso

Legal Advisors

Our Core Values

Youth-Led & Community

At Ovah, youth will always maintain the lead, direction, and authority because youths understand the issues that affect them the most. Our goal is to improve and build better communities where children’s and youths’ rights aren’t violated.

Service to Others

At Our Voices Against Harassment (OVAH) We serve others in smaller ways and bigger ones. we are a truly committed and dedicated team that aims to establish a gender just and violence-free society in Tanzania.

Innovation and Impact

Our projects are innovative but with a focus on impact. We innovate projects that are viable and guarantee a true impact to those we serve.

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About us

OVAH was founded by Modesta Joseph Msabila back in 2015 and it was known as OurCries Initiative, and the aim was to protect students from harassment in public transit from bus operators. In 2019, we changed our name to Our Voices Against Harassment (OVAH) and revamped our organization to tackle the prominent issue of sexual abuse and sexual harassment that many girls and young women face in our communities.

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