Our vision is to establish a gender just and violence-free society.
Who We Are
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. Our Voices Against Harassment (OVAH) is a non-profit based in Tanzania 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.
Women have experienced physical or sexual violence
Females reported experiencing sexual violence before they were 18.
Advocacy and Raising Awareness
Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Workshops
Participants in our Awareness and Prevention education workshops learn how to identify elements of sexual harassment, assault, and rape culture and how to identify and reduce risk factors, the concept of consent, and become change agents in their communities. OVAH provides these workshops to children, youth, and adults in secondary schools and universities, with plans to expand to workplaces shortly, where we raise awareness about sexual harassment and initiate conversations about sexual violence, consent, rape, and other issues, encouraging victims to speak up about these incidents.
Actions, Safety and Protection
Provide a Reporting Platform for victims to speak up
In Tanzania, there is a prominent sexual abuse and harassment issue that many girls and young women face daily. Girls need a safe space to speak up about these incidents, and we are here to listen and give them the necessary support!
Connect victims with Psychologists and Legal Practitioners
We collaborate with the best psychologists and legal personnel in the country to assist with psychological help and legal assistance/advice for the victims and survivors of sexual harassment/assault. All survivors of sexual assault, whether they were assaulted recently or in the distant past, are eligible for support. Everyone who seeks help and support from OVAH will be treated with respect. Our services are free, confidential, and open to the public.
Lobbying for a National Sexual Harassment Prevention Curriculum
We are currently developing a curriculum that will aid in the education and awareness of children and youths about sexual violence if implemented in Tanzanian primary and secondary schools. It can assist young people and schools in navigating matters of gender equity, consent, and assault.
Mwajuma Simama Animation
Mwajuma Simama Animation revolves around the main character, Mwajuma, and her experiences with grooming, consent, sexual harassment, rape, victim-blaming, and other issues. The animation encourages victims to speak out about these incidents and urges society to create a better, violence-free environment for girls and women
Orange Table Series
Orange Table Series is a video podcast geared toward women. The video podcast features women and men allies working on women's empowerment, gender equality, economics and politics, and more. In addition, we highlight women's success stories and accomplishments to motivate and inspire future generations of girls and women. The mission of OVAH is to make the world a better place for girls and young women by raising awareness and educating the public about important issues affecting their lives.
Entrepreneurship and Business Skills Training
Above all, sexual violence is a manifestation of power dynamics. Because women frequently lack power, are in more vulnerable and insecure positions, and have been socialized to suffer in silence, they are far more likely than men to be victims of sexual harassment. OVAH plans to launch its first skills training and economic empowerment program in June 2022, where girls and women from various backgrounds will be immersed in entrepreneurship and soft skills for business training and will be able to start their businesses and be economically independent.
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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