Pastoral Womens Council

Enhancing the ability of pastoralist women to claim their rights



“You are the voters and determine your leadership. If you all voted for women, they would be fully engaged in political affairs, not only as special seat representatives.” Ngorongoro District Commissioner Rashid Mfalme

Our Women’s Rights and Leadership Forums (WRLF) are working hard to transform their community. Women learn about their rights and how to effectively claim them through engaging with local and national policies. The WRLF and community paralegals also support citizens in resolution and advise on cases of rights violations within their communities. In addition, PWC partners with the Department of Lands of the Longido and Ngorongoro District Council to facilitate pastoralists women acquiring land title certificates. We recently supported 250 women in gaining title deeds in Mairowa Village, check out the highlights from that occasion here

In April 2021, PWC hosted a gathering of women in Wasso, Loliondo. The workshop involved representatives of the Ngorongoro District women’s rights and leadership forums, special seat women representatives, women community champions, paralegals, district social welfare and the police gender desk. One hundred and fifty women gathered from two districts to discuss the issues and challenges that face them in their daily lives and develop strategies to ensure women are in a safe environment and in a community that recognises their rights as women. The Ngorongoro district social welfare officer commended the efforts of PWC in reducing violence, abuse and exploitation, fighting for women’s rights in regards to resource ownership, division of labour, and leadership.

In this past quarter, PWC engaged with community members in 23 Villages on our Secure Your Families Futures (SYFF) project, which is a norm change intervention aimed at addressing the harmful cultural norms and practices that deny women access to productive resources. It uses a social-ecological model, structured training, and role-modelling and storytelling to challenge harmful beliefs and norms and to co-create and reinforce positive norms.