About the Gender Festival(GF)

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 and 2019 will mark the 14th Gender Festival.  TGNP has also succeeded in organizing five mini Gender Festivals since 2010; at Kisarawe District (2010), Morogoro Rural Distict (2012), Tarime District (2014), Morogoro Rural District (2016) and Kishapu District Council (2018).
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 neighboring countries of Africa and beyond.


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Festival Features

Plenary Presentation and Discussions
The first day of the GF will feature the plenary presentation and discussion will focus on the main theme of the GF. The session will also provide the conceptual framework of the theme. This session will be carried out through welcoming remarks, guest of honor’s opening speech and the keynote speech presentations. The GF will feature two major plenary sessions, one during the first day and the other one during the last day of the festival. Mini plenary sessions will be held during the second and the third days of the festival.
Workshops / Training Sessions
The second and third days of the GF will feature different workshops and hubs that will focus on detail discussion, experience sharing and learning on sub-themes of the festival. Through the workshops the participants will develop an action plan as a way forward towards addressing prioritized challenges based on the workshop theme. Eventually, during the last day of the event, each workshop will share the feedback of what transpired to the plenary in artistic way through the use of cartoons, play songs to mention a few.
The exhibition will be organized in line with the themes of the festival, whereby, among others, grassroots women will be able to display and share their experience and achievement how they have been empowered, are able to empower other women and what do they envision of their future as far as transformation is concerned. The exhibition will be launched during the first day of the festival and will run throughout the festival. This platform will provide a space for participating organizations and networks to share information about the work they do through a variety of media (videos, poster displays and photos). Publishers, CSOs and individual women artisans are also encouraged to display and sell their products.
Celebration and Networking
Separate spaces will be provided for special interested groups to create hubs for networking, information sharing and planning (including young feminists, women with disability and others). Day 1, 2 and 3 evenings will be open for participating organizations and individuals to meet, network, and/or create alternative encounters. As part of celebrating achievements made, different groups of people who made contributions in advancing gender equality in the country will be recognized and celebrated. This will involve awarding
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2019 GF objectives

  1. To reflect and assess the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Actions and strategize on the way forward
  2. To reflect and assess progress on the implementation of the SDGS especially goal 5 and press for progress.
  3. To learn. Share experiences and strategize on how to increase women participation in decision making processes and leadership through the upcoming elections and beyond.
  4. To build an understanding of Macro policies at global, regional and national level, drawn from participants own knowledge and experience and how they impact marginalized women and communities from a transformative feminist perspective.
  5. To develop and plan on sustainable strategies for joint actions at all levels for strengthening transformative feminist movement in Tanzania, Africa, and beyond