WHO ARE WE?

Our Voices Against Harassment (OVAH) is an organization with the mission to provide the tools and medium for every child in Tanzania to report harassment they experience, so justice can take place. OVAH was founded back in 2015 and it was known as Our Cries, and the aim was to protect students from harassment in public transit from bus operators.

OVAH has now expanded to tackle the prominent issues of sexual abuse and harassment that many girls and young women face daily. OVAH created Mwajuma Simama, an animation series, and platform to educate Tanzanian society and lead conversations about sexual abuse and sexual harassment. In addition, we provide a web-based system where girls and young women who face sexual harassment from teachers, school staff, and even relatives and neighbors, can report and speak out about these incidents.

Our Vision

OVAH’s vision is to end harassment that faces youths and children, especially girls and young women 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 team

  • Modesta Joseph

    Founder & CEO

    Modesta is the founder of Our Voices Against Harassment (OVAH) – an organization with the mission...

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  • Carolyne Ekyarisiima

    Strategy and Implementation Advisor

    She is a social entrepreneur and the founder of the Apps and Girls, a social enterprise that works...

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  • Wilhelm Oddo

    Technical Advisor

    He started NLab Innovation Academy (NIA) which is a skills building project intended to bridge the...

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Our Core Values

Youth-Led & Community

At Ovah, youth will always maintain the lead, direction, and authority because we understand the issues that affect us the most. 

Service to Others

We serve others – in small ways or big ones – we are a committed and dedicated team that aims to end harassment in Tanzania.

Innovation and Impact

Our solutions, programs, and projects are innovative but with a focus on purpose and impact.