WiLDAF moves in to enhance women, youth rights at work place

19Nov 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
WiLDAF moves in to enhance women, youth rights at work place

​​​​​​​THE Women in Law and Development Africa (WiLDAF) in Tanzania is implementing a project dubbed; ‘Wanawake na Ajira’ aimed at improving the quality of life for women, youth and girls working in industries.

Rehema Maro, project director at the Tanzania Chapter of Women in Law and Development Africa (WiLDAF), Tanzanian Project Director speaks in Dar es Salaam yesterday on the implementation of ‘Wanawake na Ajira’ (Women and Employment) project, which is meant to improve the quality of the lives of women, youths and girls working in the industrial sector. Photo: Guardian Correspondent

The project which is funded by the Legal Services Facility (LSF) will mitigate and reduce incidences of injustices and violence against women, girls and youth working in industries while taking into consideration the government’s vision to attaining a middle income status and industrialization as well as support the implementation of the National Plan of Action to End Violence Against Women and Children—2017/18-2021/22 (NPA-VAWC).

Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday while commenting on the progress of Wanawake na Ajira project, the Project Lead from WiLDAF, Rehema Maro said that there are significant gross violations of Labour rights in urban areas and mostly affecting women, youth and girls.

“Some of  the violations of women’s labour rights in the world of work include sextortion, sexual harassment, law wages, unpaid parental and sick leave, working without contracts and below standards stipulated by the law”, said Maro.

She added that despite having laws and regulations that provide for the standards of employment, some provisions of the laws that prohibit violations of labour rights are yet to be properly implemented, theM thing that affects women, girls and youths working or employed in industries.

According to Maro, the facts were revealed during a special campaign to increase access to justice among women and girls working in industries which was coordinated by WiLDAF during the commemoration of 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence in the year 2018.

‘The campaign field report revealed that 63.8 percent of all the cases reported were labour law related matters levelling out injustices facing women, girls and youths in industries and that is why we decided to embark on implementing the Wanawake na Ajira project”, she noted.

Maro said the main objectives of the Wanawake na Ajira project are to increase enforcement of labor rights that impacts the quality of life of women, girls and youth working in industries in Ilala, Kinondoni, Temeke, Ubungo and Kigamboni by October 2021.

“We will strengthen collaboration between the consortium and stakeholders to ensure protection of labour rights of women, youth and girls working in the industries by October 2021”, she said.

Legal Services Facility Director for Communication and Business Development, Jane Matinde said they will support the project implementation in three key areas which are household economic strengthening in relation to the project goals.

Wanawake na Ajira will also see the implementation and enforcement of laws in relation to project objectives, as the project is going to ensure the legal system is responsive to the needs of women, girls and youth working in the industries, said Matinde.

She said that lastly, the project will ensure safe environment at work places.

WiLDAF is a Pan African women’s rights network which is dedicated to promoting and strengthening strategies that link law and development to increase women’s participation and influence at the community, national, region and international levels, while LSF is a non-governmental organization that provides legal services in the country, which promotes and protects human rights, especially for poor women and other vulnerable groups by providing financial support to institutions providing legal services in Tanzania and is being supported by DANIDA, DFID and European Union through a basket fund.