What is OVAH? Learn more Our Voice Against Harassment (OVAH), previously known as Our Cries Initiative. Our Cries was founded to give students an opportunity to speak up and report all harassments they face from bus drivers and conductors through our web-based system. Mwajuma Simama! Learn more A series of animation that aims to educate girls and boys about Sexual Assault and Abuse and how to denounce it. The animation will also encourage the victims to speak up, and engage parents and guardians who can help.

Report Harassment from Daladala

As a student, you deserve better! You have the right to enjoy public transportation, end harassment today by raising your voice and reporting an incident that occurred to you.

Report Sexual Abuse

As a teenage girl, you deserve better! You have the right to be protected, and to not be abused and harassed, end harassment today by raising your voice and reporting an incident that occurred to you.

Mwajuma Simama!

Mwajuma Simama is a series of animation that aims to raise awareness about Sexual assault and abuse that girls and young women face and educate the survivors on how to deal with it and actions to take.

Words from OVAH's Founder

Our Voices Against Harassment was previously known as OurCries Initiative. OVAH was founded to give students an opportunity to speak up and report all harassments they face from bus drivers and conductors through our web-based system. OVAH’s founder responded to this issue of student harassment after she nearly lost a close friend—she was almost run-over by a bus when the bus conductor pushed her out. In 2015, She started to advocate for a supportive learning environment for students in Tanzania.

Our Cries is now expanding sexual harassment, a prominent problem in our country Tanzania. Girls and young women face sexual harassment from teachers and staff in schools and from relatives and neighbors at home. We believe a first step to tackle sexual harassment is when one can open up and speak up about these harassments.

 For example, in June, it was reported that 100 girls were impregnated in Ruvuma(one of the regions in Tanzania) in just three months after the National school closure due to Covid-19. These 100 girls will no longer be able to continue with their education. If the issue of sexual abuse and harassment continues, there will be a continuous rise of child pregnancies, child marriages, and school dropouts rates. These young girls and young women are subjected to so much violence, trauma, and psychological stress.

According to the 2018 Projected Population done by the National Bureau of Statistics in Tanzania, almost 20% of the population are girls aged between 5-19, this means a certain amount of percentage from the population of 10,840,000 million girls is likely to experience sexual abuse in their homes and schools. Some of the members in this vulnerable group do not even have the basic knowledge of what sexual abuse is and consider the inappropriate actions they incur as normal, which they aren’t. This is one of the reason they do not speak up, victim-blaming behavior is also a big problem in Tanzania which led these girls to stay silent about sexual abuse.

~ Modesta Joseph Msabila

VISION, MISSION & OBJECTIVES

OUR VISION

OVAH’s vision is to end student harassment in Tanzania.

OUR MISSION

Give the tools and medium for every child in Tanzania to report every humiliation and harassment they experience for justice to take place.

OUR OBJECTIVES

To raise awareness about the harassment and abuse young people face in different sectors in Tanzania, provide a reporting platform for  young people to raise their voices and to find the right help for the victims of physical and sexual abuse and harassment.

OVAH in action

In our year of advocacy (2016-2017), we visited schools and conducted seminars about students’ rights, road safety, and reminding the students to raise their voices and collectively speak up about injustices that they face.

What OVAH has achieved so far

OVAH (Our Cries) has operated for 5 years even though it has been mostly active for 3 years (2015 – 2018). We are happy to have achieved what we have achieved so far!

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More than 1000 reports collected in 2015-2017

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2 types of harassment targeted so far: In public transit and Sexual Abuse

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More than 3000 girls and boys educated about their rights and encouraged to speak up in the face of injustice.

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More than 5 Awards, mentions and Recognitions for our work

Testimonials

The seminar was great. I never knew what is Sumatra and what they are dealing with but now I Know. This helped a lot, At least I know where to turn to incase anything happens. I totally thank Our Cries by making this possible.

Many appreciations to OUR CRIES team. I learned a lot from the seminar, It was really amazing! I am a student and I wasn’t aware of my rights but also I didn’t know the rules which I should consider every time as a road user.

As a student, I have been a victim of these humiliations from drivers and conductors and I didn’t have anyone fighting for me, Even adults in the buses don’t do anything, they just watch as if it entertains.