Who We Are
Our Voices Against Harassment (OVAH) is an organization with the vision to end sexual harassment and establish a gender just and violence-free Tanzania. We provide tools and mediums for girls and women to speak up about sexual harassment and sexual abuse they experience in order to get the necessary help, support, and justice. We also raise awareness about these harassment to build better communities.
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.
OVAH created Mwajuma Simama, an animation series, and platform to educate Tanzanian society and lead conversations about sexual abuse and sexual harassment. In addition, we provide a web-based system where girls and young women who face sexual harassment from teachers, school staff, and even relatives, neighbors and so on can report and speak out about these incidents. We believe that speaking up is the first and most important step in combating sexual harassment and sexual abuse. Victims can choose whether they want psychological, legal, or other types of support from us.
- 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
- Lobbying educational institutions and the government for policies that will create a harassment-free environment in our communities.
To ensure the protection of the rights of women, youth, girls, and children in the social, economic, and environmental domains.
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.
Meet the Team
Modesta Joseph, CEO & Founder
Carolyne Ekyarisiima, Strategy and Implementation Advisor
Wilhelm Oddo, Strategy and Implementation Advisor
Nancy Kaale, Operations Manager Intern
Elham Riyami, Ass. Operations Manager Intern
Zakia Mrisho, Community Outreach Intern