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Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC)

Loliondo, Tanzania
Joined November 2016
Presence in: Tanzania
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Labor & Employment, Livelihoods, Right to Information, Traditional / Customary Justice

The Pastoral Women’s Council of Tanzania was founded to conceive and implement long-term structural solutions for the poverty and marginalisation of Maasai pastoralist women and children. PWC is women-led and encourages other Maasai women to openly discuss the positive and negative aspects of Maasai culture, to act on their findings, and to mobilise local efforts and resources. There is no other organisation in Tanzania that is solely focused on reducing inequalities and promoting justice for Maasai women and children. PWC works to address three key problems facing Maasai women:

Lack of education for Maasai girls. Normally Maasai women are expected to concentrate on building and repairing houses, fetching firewood and water, and milking animals, as well as raising and feeding children and cooking for the male family members. The lack of educated and professional Maasai women to fight for gender equality and against patriarchal household structures is therefore self-perpetuating.

Lack of financial independence and property ownership rights. Lack of financial assets and resources deprive women of the right to access basic needs such as health care, a balanced diet for them and their family, clothing, shelter and educational opportunities for their children.

Lack of participation in local leadership structures. Traditionally, Maasai women are not allowed to speak in public/community meetings or participate in decisions. As a result, community agendas are determined by men and issues of concern to women, such as domestic violence, forced marriage, women’s property rights and HIV/AIDS are not given appropriate attention or priority.

People Associated With This Organization

Joseph Melau Alais

Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC)
Joined September 2016
Legal Officer at PWC - Pastoral Women's Council

Maanda Ngoitiko

Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC) (Unverified)
Joined November 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Livelihoods, Traditional / Customary Justice
I am a Maasai woman from the remote Ngorongoro region of northern Tanzania. When I was 15 I ran away from my community in order to gain a secondary school education and escape a forced marriage. I completed my secondary education in Dar Es Salaam and continued to study for a diploma for two years. I then went to Ireland and studied for a further diploma in Development Studies. After that I returned to northern Tanzania to work for a Maasai community organisation. Through that work, I realised that there was an urgent need for an organisation led and managed by Maasai women, dedicated to addressing their strategic and practical needs. In 1997, at a meeting with nine other Maasai women, I founded Pastoral Women’s Council and have led the organisation since then. I have a degree in Environmental Studies from Kenyatta University in Nairobi. PWC works to achieve gender equality and community development through the empowerment of Maasai women and girls.

Njeri Omesa

Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC) (Unverified)
Joined March 2021
Interests: Women's Rights
I have a background in law and work with the Pastoral womens Council in a fundraising and coms capacity.

Ruth Kihiu

Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC)
Joined February 2016
Interests: Livelihoods
Pastoral Women's Council (PWC) is a movement of Pastoralist Maasai women who are determined to change their socio-economic status through improved livelihoods, rights awareness, access to quality education, active participation in land and natural resource management, development and decision making at all levels.

Timothy Ole Yaile

Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC)
Joined October 2016
I work for Pastoral women's council (PWC) as head of women economic empowerment and HR manager. I'm a pastoralist Maasai born in Ngorongoro District of Arusha Tanzania. I have expertise on the fields of Livestock health & production, development studies and Public administration & Human resources management. I have been working for community development projects for 18 years now, and more importantly with women socio-economic empowering projects and. Having been working with an NGO supporting women's rights and community land rights, I'm looking for more skills and experience on land related advocacy techniques so that I will replicate the same in my working environment.
Timothy Ole Yaile is the network champion (main point of contact) for Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC).

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