Richard Ryaganda – Communications Lead
In Tanzania, one in ten women in aged 15-49 has undergone FGM. Of these, 35 per cent underwent FGM before the age of one. Manyara have the highest prevalence of female genital mutilation incidences of 58%..
The 2022 World Population Day commemoration in Tanzania took place in Manyara region and was preceded by a weeklong series of activities as a build up to the climax event on 20th of July.
With other partners, UMATI played a crucial role in supporting the government of Tanzania to pull off this important week with the view to enhance its visibility and brand recognition. Among other things, commemoration themed ‘A world of 8 billion: Towards Resilient Future for All. Harnessing Opportunities and Ensuring Rights and Choice: Participate Census for Sustainable Development’ was designed to advocate for and promote national people and household census that will take place on the 23rd of August 2022.
During the youth dialogues that was moderated by UMATI Youth Officer, Upendo Daudi young people of Dareda Ward in Babati District-Manyara region had a lot of discussions towards their futures. Sexual reproductive health rights, gender-based violence including female genital mutilation which is one of the huge challenges facing children and young people in Manyara and life skills were key areas of discussion which contributed to a lot of discussions amongst young people of Dareda.
On her opening remarks to the youth dialogues Hon. Asia Halamga, Member of Parliament from Manyara Representing Youth-The Voice of Youth, said “I a youth fellow from this Manyara region have made a record of becoming the first youth representative member of parliament from this region. After setting that record and breaking the barrier, I believe after me, among the next members of parliament representing youth will come from this crowd.”
She further talked about SRH “sexual reproductive health is not only about family planning, but even getting information on how to protect yourself from sexual transmitted infections”.
Discussing about myths and misconception about census, Esther Rick a student from Dareda Secondary School said “Census isn’t a superstitious agenda. It helps the government to plan for its population in terms of employment and how to handle it. Also, census helps in health services through planning for example, the government can plan on the number of health facilities and service providers when there are available data on population”
UMATI Youth Officer, Upendo Daudi talking to a young mother on delaying second pregnancy on WPD 2022 commemoration
Anania Daxo a youth from Dared spoke about sexual reproductive health “sexual reproductive health information is important from the time a person a boy or girl gets at the right age, so they can understand the right time to start a relationship. And when at the right age it is crucial to plan accordingly on what you want to achieve in your life whether a career, partner, children, start a family and so forth”.
The climax event took place in Katesh-B in Hanang district council in Manyara region where partners including UMATI showcased their work to visitors from around Babati and Hanang. UMATI’s booth was championed by peer educators led by the Youth Officer in the provision of friendly and age-appropriate sexual reproductive health education, information and counselling to adolescent, youth and adults who visited the booth. Throughout the time of the commemoration event, 164 people were reached with SRHR information, 134 were under the age of 20 years.
The climax event was graced by Hon. Dr. Mwigulu Nchemba, the Minister of Finance and Planning who commended efforts by all partners in supporting the commemoration. The finance minister also urged all citizens to be advocates of census and should make it a plan to be counted on 23rd August 2022 because they count and matter.
Left-UMATI Peer Educator, Latifu Abdulrahman showcasing male condom usage to youth visiting UMATI booth during WPD exhibition.