Theme: Transformation Of Oppressive Systems For Gender Equality And Sustainable Development”

Date: 05 – 08 September 2017

Location: TGNP Grounds, Mabibo, Dar Es Salaam


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Festival Format
  • Plenary Presentation and Discussions
  • Workshops/Training Sessions
  • Exhibitions
  • Case Studies / Testimonials
  • Artistic performances
  • Celebration and Networking
  • African Feminist Night
About the Gender Festival

The Gender Festival is an open forum for likeminded individuals and organisations to come together to share experiences and knowledge, to celebrate achievements and assess challenges ahead, to strengthen networking and coalition-building, to build capacity and to contribute to public debate and plan collectively for social change from a feminist perspective. The first Gender Festival was organised in 1996; since then TGNP Mtandao, FemAct and their grassroots partners have successfully organised a series of 13 Festivals based on a variety of themes, reflecting the burning issues of the day. TGNP has also succeeded in organising mini Gender Festivals in 2014 at Tarime and in 2016 at Mkambarani Ward in Morogoro Region.

The Festival provides a unique space for activists from all walks of life to come together from every region of Tanzania, including Pemba and Zanzibar, as well as from neighbouring countries of Africa and beyond.

Sub Themes:

  • Beyond numbers: Claiming and transforming leadership spaces for women and marginalized people.
  • Social exclusion: Women and economic empowerment.
  • Ending the Silence: Documenting ‘Her’ Story in capturing our achievements (Women success stories)
  • Economic marginalization: How do we finance gender equality?

The Gender Festival 2017 is coordinated by TGNP Mtandao working together with other partners, including the Feminist Activist Coalition (FemAct), grassroots activist participants in the weekly Gender and Development Series (GDSS), Knowledge Centre members and the many grassroots activist groups who are active partners in transformative movement building processes in several districts of Tanzania.

The Festival Features
The festival is a collective space for sharing skills, experiences and Capacity. It features the following:

Plenary Presentation and Discussions

The Gender Festival will feature spaces to discuss issues relating to gender and development with a panel of experts in these fields. The two session titles are listed below.

Economic Rights for Gender Equality and Sustainable Development

Leadership, Herstory and Women Movement

Workshops / Training Sessions

The Gender Festival will also feature a number of workshops and trainings about gender related and development issues. Here are just a few of their titles.

  • Economic Rights: Where are the Resources for Advancing Women’s Rights?
  • Women Access to Productive Resources – Land, Mining and Agricultural sector
  • Investing in Education for Gender Equality and Sustainable Development
  • Health and Water: The Foundation for Industrialized Tanzania  

The exhibitions will be a space for partners and friends of TGNP to showcase their goods and also a learning environment for participants. Along with the country theme of an industrialized Tanzania, these presenters will be showcasing goods that follow this theme.

Case Studies / Testimonials
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Celebration and Networking
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Artistic performances
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African Feminist Night
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