Green Voices impresses Tanzania Vice President
By Secelela Balisidya, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania H.E Samia Suluhu Hassan is very impressed by the great work that is done by women implementing green voices project in Tanzania.
The Vice President, who launched the project in July 2016 at Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam, said she is impressed by the 10 women working style that made not only successful themselves, but also benefiting many more women within a short period of time.
Green Voices is a project implemented in Tanzania with funding from the Women for Africa Foundation. The project which is a one year, has the aim of raising awareness, promote and strengthen the work that women are doing to mitigate or adapt to climate change impacts in Tanzania.
This project is implemented as an intervention to climate change which has a negative impact on agriculture and food security, as well as on biodiversity and the ecosystem.
Women are chosen to implement this project because they are crucial actors to face climate change due to the fact that they possess a great deal of traditional knowledge and because they generally have greater and better environmental awareness.
It is from this fact that Green Voices cheap in to identify and raise awareness of the work that women are doing to tackle climate change. Green Voices project is implemented by three categories of women, social leaders, especially in rural areas, with women farmers who are entrepreneurs, as well as with women journalists to cover fields of energy, tourism, agriculture and food security at the household and national level.
Women participating in the project are Mariam Bigambo doing beekeeping in Mvomero District in Morogoro, Abia Magembe implementing drought resistant crops project specifically cassava value chain in Kitanga village in the coast region, and Magdalena Bukuku working on oyster mushroom project in Boko and Bunju in Dar es Salaam.
Others are Leocadia Vedastus farming orange fleshed sweet potatoes in Ukerewe District in Mwanza, Evelyn Kahembe- fruit tree planting in Uvinza district in Kigoma, Monica Kagya – beekeeping with villagers surrounding Pugu and Kazimzumbwi Forest Reserve in Kisarawe, Sophia Mlote working on vegetable growing in a green house in Kinyerezi Dar es Salaam, Farida Makame a research based project on preferred solar cooker in Kilimanjaro, Esther Natai working on value added vegetable products using solar drying technology in Mzinga village in Morogoro and Regina Kamuli working on making of fuel efficient stoves in Mkuranga district.
The ten women who went in Madrid, in three months of implementation of their projects have produced a total 250 other women who are now fully participating in their projects. This was possible because each of the ten women after coming back created a group of women in the villages where they implement their projects and fully involve them in the project implementation. The Vice President was impressed to meet 50 women of the 250 produced from the project during the launch of Green Voices project.
The five journalists who went in Madrid as well together with the ten women, have been visiting the projects and report project progress in all mainstream media and also through online media. Till June 2016, the journalists have been able to reach more than six million people through blogs, newspapers, news on radio and TV and radio and Video documentaries and through special website that is developed for the Green Voices project.
The five journalists namely Tukuswiga Mwaisumbe, Siddy Mgumia, Farida Hamis, Judica Losai and Secelela Balisidya ( also serving as coordinator of Green Voices project), have been working their stories by integrating into the Tanzania communication strategy on climate change and therefore a way to reach as many people as possible, especially children, in order for them to become aware and understand the importance of tackling and mitigating climate change.
The fifteen women who are now labeled Green Voices ambassadors, promised the Vice President of Tanzania H.E Samia Suluhu Hassan to keep on working towards adapting and mitigating climate change through different approaches including awareness raising. Furthermore, they said they will be happy and are ready to be linked with other ongoing initiatives at the Tanzania Government or any other development partner that have same goal in order to scale up these initiatives in the whole country.
The launch ceremony was followed by exhibition of project activities that are carried out by the women.
Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania H.E Samia Suluhu Hassan delivering her speech at the launch of the Green Voices project in Tanzania
Advisory Board member of the Women for Africa Foundation, Ambassador Getrude Mongella addressing the audience
Green Voices singers entertaining the audience during the Green Voices project launch at Serena Hotel Dar es Salaam
President of the Women for Africa Foundation H.E Maria Teresa Fernandes de la Vega addressing green voices invitees who attended Green Voices project launch in Tanzania
Coordinator of Green Voices project in Tanzania Secelela Balisidya briefing the Vice President of project progress during the launch of the project in July 2016
Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania H.E Samia Suluhu Hassan launching officlally the Green Voices project in Tanzania
Green Voices team in a group photo with the Guest of Honour H.E Samia Suluhu Hassan, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania