ESRF hosts the dissemination workshop on Study on Girl’s Economic Empowerment: The Best Contraceptive?.

    Ms. Mboni Mgaza Assistant Director for Gender from the Ministry of Health, Community Development Gender, Elderly and Children(HCDGEC) officiating the workshop on behalf of the Hon. Ummy Mwalimu Minister for HCDGEC

    Friday June 22, 2018, Dar es Salaam. The Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) in collaboration with the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and FEMINA HIP with the support from Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania conducted the dissemination workshop for the Study on ‘Girl’s Economic Empowerment: The Best Contraceptive? The dissemination workshop was officiated by Ms. Mboni M. Mgaza who is theAssistant Director for Gender, Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children aimed at disseminating the results achieved during the 4 years project which has contributed knowledge on how to support poor young Tanzanian girls’ life-situation through entrepreneurship and reproductive health training.

    Dr Tausi Kida Executive Director ESRFTZ giving her welcoming remarks.

    Speaking during the opening of the workshop, Dr. Tausi Kida the Executive Director of ESRF said that the purpose of the workshop was to share findings from the study which lasted for four years from 2013 – 2018 that had set out to increase our understanding of young girls’ fertility decisions and how these decisions interact with their economic situation.

    H.E Hanne M Kaarstad Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania giving her remarks during the dissemination workshop on Girls' Economic Empowerment

    She further added ‘that the decisions, behaviors, skills and knowledge of adolescents regarding their reproductive health have a major impact on their future health and development’. While the Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, Her Excellency Hanne-Marie Kaarstad, lauded the institutions for the joint study that has created new knowledge with potential to vitally impact women’s empowerment in Tanzania.

    Prof Fortunata Makene Head of Research and Publications ESRF introducing the study design

    Ms Amabilis Batamula from FeminaHip presenting on Empowerment Clubs in Secondary Schools in Tanzania

    Prof Kjetil Bjorvatn from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) giving a presentation on the Study findings on the Girls' Power Project

    She said that Tanzania is one of the largest recipient of programs with gender equality in focus. For example, four Million dollars of Norway’s support to the United Nations Development Assistance Plan – UNDAP II – are earmarked to support female entrepreneurs as well as activities that are part of the National Action Plan to end Violence against Women and Children (NAP – VAWC)

    In line with this, the guest of honor Ms. Mboni Mgaza said, the government has put in place various policies such as National Adolescent Reproductive Health Strategy 2011 -2015 and the current National Road Map Strategic Plan to Improve Reproductive Child and Adolescent Health in Tanzania 2016 – 2020.

    She added that “these policies are set to strengthen adolescent youth friendly reproductive health services as well as life skills including healthy behaviors and diets, knowledge in overall sexuality and reproductive health and rights”

    The study was conducted around a programme designed by Femina Hip, the largest youth-focused social behavior change communication initiative in the country. In the programme, girls in secondary schools were given an extracurricular training combining sexual reproductive health and economic empowerment with life skills embedded. The study was partly financed by the Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania

    Last updated on 2018-06-22

ESRFs activities are supported by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC)