Published 1/11/2010 | Updated 1/7/2015

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In Tanzania RFSU works together with the organisations Resource Oriented Development Initiative (RODI) and Health Action Promotion Association (HAPA), with the equality project, Tanzanian Men as Equal Partners (TMEP).

The project is an offspring from the implemented project Young Men as Equal Partners (YMEP) and is based on the notion that young men play a meaningful role in the advocacy of safe sex, and the prevention of unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, gender based violence and HIV and AIDS. It is considered pertinent to involve men in the struggle to strengthen women’s rights and create a support network. Stereotypical gender roles hinder both men and women from access to information and reproductive health services. Read more about these issues in the section about YMEP under Implemented Projects.

Our work in Tanzania is not financed by Sida.


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For sure this project is very nice as once you touch men you have touched the community as whole.
Keep it up

Said: DANIEL MBWAMBO 8/25/2012 11:03:30 AM

Adult men as well need to have informed choices; they cannot choose if they are not aware of what is happening within them and to their partners female. By focusing men women will be reached as well.TMEP is real talking about gender nd equality

Said: Edna Lugano 1/15/2012 8:18:28 PM

To this project is very challenging and off-couse it is time.In tanzania men have been a main dominant of everything such decision in sexual matters and everything relating to reproductive.This is how their culture from their families,society,community,their institutions like religion have shaped them hence male dominant and female inferiority which causes a massive impact in society.I believe even are not happy for this systems but no way out.This project will help to know their wrong doings.Education is a process let us give it.

Said: NDOMBA J 9/28/2010 4:03:15 PM


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Frequently asked questions

Why do we need the TMEP project?
Women are not well informed of their rights and many of their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs are not met.


So why does TMEP focus on men, rather than women? How does that make sense?
Efforts to empower women, increase their use of services, and improve their SRH are undermined by the actions of men. Without addressing masculinity and its influence on sexual relationships, SRH and gender equality, the success of efforts to promote the rights and empowerment of women and girls is limited. In many cases, men have been recognized as the key problem when it comes to unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, sexual harassment and gender-based violence.


Do you know that this approach works? If you focus on men, do women really benefit?
Yes. There is a growing body of evidence that "male involvement" projects can have a positive impact. RFSU experience with YMEP proved that access to SRH including HIV and AIDS by men equally increase access by women. Increased awareness of SRH rights by young men also contributed to the reduction of gender based violence in schools and incidence unplanned pregnancies

Where is TMEP working? Who are you working with?
TMEP is implemented in Singida and Rukwa. Th local implementing partners are Health Actions Promotion Association (HAPA) in Singida and Resource Oriented Development Initiative (RODI) in Rukwa. At national level the project's communications work is delivered through a collaboration with Femina. The project's advocacy work is in partrnership with a coalition of like-minded organizations.