CARE Tanzania has embarked on the process of developing medium term strategy for Gender equality and women empowerment unit to guide its programming on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment as a way to promote women economic empowerment, gender equality and address social injustices affecting women in rural Tanzania. The process has evolved from the country office strategy – WEZESHA, which aims at having vibrant, equitable and resilient rural communities where women are empowered to realize their social, political and economic rights and natural resources are sustainably managed in a changing climate.

The Gender Equality and Women Empowerment strategy will focus on the following thematic areas:
- Women's rights and gender equality with special emphasis on access and control over productive resources
- Women entrepreneurship
- Financial inclusion

In order to get our thinking together around the Strategy we had a small workshop involving all of the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment unit. And our old friend Koku from Ekama development who is the lead consultant. The team came together to fine tune the vision, theory of change and develop some outcomes. They expect to have a final draft ready in the next month.

CARE is coordinating with the World Bank and FAO gender and agriculture teams to deliver a practitioner training in Gender and Climate Smart Agriculture (next month in Dar es Salaam).
- Last year CARE provided extensive technical input to the FAO Gender, Climate and Agriculture module which is now part of the FAO curriculum (link to module is in the invitation if interested in detail)
- We were then contacted by the Bank and FAO to help convene the inaugural training – and we will be providing technical input to revisions after the event
- The CARE Tanzania team will present learning from Pathways on the integration of gender in a programme cycle 

- Ministry, FAO, IFAD, peer agencies and national civil society will attend the training – FAO intends to replicate in other national capitals pending additional funds from the Bank

CARE Tanzania joined the rest of the world to commemorate 16 days of activism. The theme this year was “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the world Lets make Education Safe for all.”
The 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign that starts on 25th November commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10th December with the Human Rights Day. The campaign hopes to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level. This day dates back to 1960 and is based on the assassination of three Mirabel sisters who were political activists in the Dominican Republic.

From 1981 activists have marked November 25th as a day to combat and raise awareness on violence against women. At the Country office a breakfast meeting was organized by the Women Forum which brought staff members together to share an overview and reflect on the day. In addition a series of activities were organized through GEWEP in collaboration with our partners; in Unguja TAMWA organized a dialogue on land ownership and registration procedures (Land is a key advocacy agenda for the program) and in Pemba Ngenareco collaborated with Learning & Communications Corner The Women’s Forum Corner Gender Desk Officers and organized community meetings to raise awareness on laws and policies regarding GBV as well as reporting procedures.