WHO ARE WE?
Our Voices Against Harassment (OVAH) is an organization with the vision to end harassment in Tanzania. We provide tools and mediums for children and youths to speak up about the harassment they experience to receive the necessary help, support, and justice. We also raise awareness about these harassment to build better communities.
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. We are now expanding to tackle the prominent issue of sexual abuse and harassment that many girls and young women face in our communities.
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 is to establish a gender just and violence-free society.
-Strive to eliminate all forms of exploitation, discrimination, and violence against women and children and advocate for a harassment-free community in Tanzania.
-Promote equality and advance women’s rights, youth, and children at all levels of society.
-Enhance the living standards of women and girls affected by different forms of harassments through social and economic empowerment
-Lobbying educational institutions and the government for policies that will create a harassment-free environment in our communities.
Our mission is to ensure the protection of the rights of women, youth, girls, and children in the social, economic, and environmental domains.
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. Our goal is to improve and build better communities where children’s and youths’ rights aren’t violated.
Service to Others
We serve others – in small ways and big ones – we are a committed and dedicated team that aims to end harassment in Tanzania.
Innovation and Impact
Our projects are innovative but with a focus on impact. We innovate projects that are viable and guarantee a true impact to those we serve.
Nancy Moses Kaale – Operations Manager Intern
Elham Riyami – Ass. Operations Manager Intern
Zakia Mrisho – Community Outreach Intern