TANZANIA MEN AS EQUAL PARTNERS PROJECT HANDED OVER TO RUKWA STAKEHOLDERS
The Guest of Honour, Mr Erasmus Rugabaramu, representing the RAS Photo: Clemence Chang'a
Participants Rukwa TMEP Photo: Clemence Chang'a
The Embassy of Sweden was invited to participate in the handing over event of the Tanzania Men as Equal Partners project to the Rukwa community at regional level. During the period 2010- 2015, the Tanzania Men as Equal Partners project was being implemented by a civil society organization called, Resource Oriented Development Initiative (RODI), which was an implementing partner for Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU). Tanzania Men as Equal Partners project is now entering a second stage which is implemented by the District Authorities.
Present at the event was Mr Erasmus Rugabaramu who represented the Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS). District Commissioner for Nkasi- Mr Iddi Kimanta and District Commissioner for Kalambo – Mr Wilman Ndile. Councillors from various districts, focal persons from Sumbawanga Municipality and other districts councils, peer educators, faith based organisation representatives, various CSOs including MWADEMO and RODI, ward and village executive officers ( VEOs & WEOs), the Media, Police Officers from the Rukwa Regional Police Commanders office, Tanzania Men as Equal Partners Secretariet from Dar es salaam and a Youth community group.
The Executive Director of Resource Oriented Development Initiative (RODI), mentioned on the various ways the organisation has benefitted from capacity building efforts in project management and leadership, financial management, and programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation provided by Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU). Further to that, various regional stakeholders e.g police officers, ward executive officers (WEO), village executive officers (VEO), journalists have benefitted from the various training opportunities offered by the Tanzania Men as Equal Partners project. He said that the skills and experiences gained would enable the stakeholders to sustain the various interventions of the project at regional and community level.
The Guest of Honour, Mr Erasmus Rugabaramu said the Tanzania Men as Equal Partners project has implemented various activities that have been of great benefit to the region. The project has contributed to a reduction in cases of gender based violence, reduction of early pregnancy among teenagers, and increased knowlegde of gender oriented sexual and reproductive health and rights among men and boys, women and girls. He also commented that the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) implementing partners RODI and Mwademo in collaboration with the planning and health departments have contributed to increased knowledge on Male Involvement. He reported that the District Councils have integrated the interventions into their work plans, with the intention of ensuring sustainability of the concepts. He also added that teachers who were trained by the TMEP project would be able to counsel students on sexual and reproductive health matters.