A Women\'s Rights Organization - Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Domestic Violence

Yassin Ally - Executive Director

A Brief History

photoKivulini is a registered non-governmental organisation based in Mwanza, Tanzania.

It was founded in 1999 by six Tanzanian women who could not sit back and simply watch the rampant violence against women and girls taking place in their communities.

In Swahili, Kivulini means “in the shade”; Kivulini implies a place of safety, perhaps under a tree, where people meet for discussions and offer support to one another.

For more than twelve years, Kivulini has been mobilizing entire communities to break free of domestic violence and to respect and value the rights of women and girls.  We believe that violence against women does not just happen, but is entrenched in societal norms and practices, therefore we strive to tackle the root causes of violence. In collaboration with a wide network of partners, we work to facilitate an enabling social and legal environment for women and girls and to create opportunities for communities to organise towards preventing violence so that women and girls are able to live life fully.

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