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About Us

Introduction

Women Wake Up (WOWAP) is a voluntary, Non Governmental Organization and Non profit Organization, established in 1996 and registered under Seciety Ordinance of 1954 of United Republic of Tanzania on 17th September 1998 registration No. SO No. 9575.

Most of the women and children living in developing countries face grave social problems such as discrimination, poverty and gender-based violence. To some extent, awareness and commitment internationally and nationally recognized this underprivileged situation of women and their human rights within our societies.

Taking stock of these problems in women's access to and participation in the definition of economic structure, policies and the productive processes, WOWAP is among those organizations that work to promote a positive social attitude towards women and children through cultural means and consciousness raising.

WOWAP is based in Dodoma Regions and has a branch in Singida Region. It works in urban and rural areas. WOWAP has outreached members in Dodoma Rural District and Kondoa District who have come together as a result of the trainings done in primary schools. Muslim and Christian religious leaders, teachers, Ward and Village Government officials have been mobilised to fight the elimination of female genital mutilation (FGM).

WOWAP therefore, is determined to be a catalyst of positive change of women participation in social and economic issues and promote a positive social attitude towards women and children through cultural means and consciousness raising.

WOWAP Set-up

Headquarters:

The headquarters office in Dodoma plans, monitors and evaluates the WOWAP programme activities. It controls and is responsible for financial management. It is the public relations centre for WOWAP.

Branches

WOWAP has a decentralized structure for policy implementation. The headquarter office is in Dodoma Region in Tanzania, while branches are in other surrounding Regions of Singinda and Iringa. Until today WOWAP has a major branch in Singida Region, Tanzania where there has been high incidences of FGM cases.

As the name of the organization suggests, Women Wake Up (WOWAP) is a organization led by women.

Programme Justification

WOWAP programme justification is drawn from specific national policies as spelt out herein. Other justification is in conformation with international pronouncement, for example the joint WHO/UNICEF/UNFPA statement quoted below:

"All societies have norms of care and behaviour based on age, life stage, gender and social class. These norms, often referred to as traditional practices, may be beneficial or harmless, but some may be harmful. nose traditional practices relating to female children, relations between women and men, and marriage and sexuality often have a harmful effect on women and girls. There are many examples of this. Son preference or the high value placed on sons may lead to discrimination against girls with serious health consequences for them. In extreme cases it may lead to prenatal sex selection or the infanticide of female infants. Traditional payments made by a husband to obtain a wife serve to strengthen the attitude that women are property and can lead to physical abuse, intimidation, or even death. Marriage and childbearing before girls have reached physical and psychosocial maturity also create many health risks for young women.

One deeply rooted traditional practice that has severe health consequences for girls and women is female genital mutilation, sometimes referred to as female circumcision. Female genital mutilation reinforces the inequity suffered by girls and women in the communities where it is practised and must be addressed if their health, social and economic development needs are to be met. The arguments against female genital mutilation are based on universally recognized human rights, inducing the rights to integrity of the person and the highest attainable level of physical and mental health. The health consequences of the practice vary according to the procedure used. Nevertheless female genital mutilation is universally unacceptable because it is an infringement on the physical and psychosexual integrity of women and girls and is a form of violence against them.

In presenting this statement, the purpose is neither to criticize nor to condemn. Even though cultural practices may appear senseless or destructive from the standpoint of others, they have meaning and fulfil a function for those who practise them. However, culture is not static: it is in constant flux, adapting and reforming. People will change their behaviour when they understand the hazards and indignity of harmful practices and when they realize that it is possible to give up armful practices without giving up meaningful aspects of their culture. The role of the World Healthy Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is to support global, national and community efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilation in order to achieve health and well-being for women, girls, their families and communities."

Background to this Strategic Plan

In July 2002, WOWAP forged partnership with PACT Tanzania in which PACT supports building WOWAPs capacity to enable it implement its projects more effectively.

In December 2002 PACT Tanzania trained two WOWAP members in Strategic Planning process.

Herein is the detailed strategic plan of WOWAP for the next 5 years (2003-2008).

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