TACEF – Tanzania

Project Info

Project Description

Tanzania Community Empowerment Foundation (TACEF) is a Non-Governmental Organisation led by transgender persons and sex workers. It was started in 2013 and officially recommended by Kinondoni Municipal to serve as a community organization in 2014.

TACEF guides and support the advocacy work of its members and primarily focuses on human basic rights, health rights, sexual rights regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The organization’s objective is to help reduce all forms of stigma and discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) within the community and in public institutions like hospitals and law enforcement agents such as the police.

The organization also provides entrepreneurial skills and counseling to LGBTI and sex workers.

TACEF is an individual membership organization with 340 members and prides itself as a hub of knowledge and resource on matters regarding transgender persons and sex workers.

TACEF wants to see a future where the human rights principles are applied equally to Tanzanians regardless of their identity or orientation.

 Mission:

To reduce all forms of stigma and discrimination. To advocate for basic human rights and sexual rights of members regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity in

Vision

To have a safe community where every individual enjoys life without discrimination and practice where everyone accepts the full enjoyment of basic human rights regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Goal

To promote health welfare, human rights of all people. 

Objectives

  • To educate each other on issues that relate to HIV and AIDS, reproductive health and rights, human rights, TB and other related issues.
  • To promote community awareness so as to reduce discrimination and stigma and provide assistance to those who face sexual violence
  • To collaborate with different religious institutions to provide education on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Our specific objectives

  • To remove stigma against transgender, gender non-conforming and sex workers who are infected and non-infected with HIV, TB, and STIs. Help those in need to gain access to medical care without prejudice.
  • To document and disseminate information regarding transgender, gender non-conforming and sex workers human rights violation.
  • To build a stronger transgender, gender non-conforming and sex workers movement within which members are empowered with sufficient knowledge and information on health, human rights, and other related aspects to enable members to articulate for their human rights and equal opportunities economically politically and socially.

Focus areas

  • Capacity building of transgender, gender non-conforming and sex workers.
  • Creating if awareness on sexual reproductive health rights of LGBTI and sex workers.
  • Research and documentation.
  • Advocacy and lobbying
  • Human Rights.
  • Livelihood

Achievements

  • We have joined forces with Kinondoni Municipal to advocate for health rights of LGBTI community and sex workers.
  • Advocated for improved access to safe We have secured condoms for distribution to transgender, bisexual, gay, MSM and sex worker and also provided them with sexual rights and health rights for the prevention of the HIV infection.
  • We have advocated for the inclusion of lubricants for the gay, MSM, bisexual men and the transgender in the HIV/AIDS National Multi-Sectorial Framework.
  • We have reached some of LGBTI and sex workers in Dar es Salaam with education on HIV and AIDS and proper usage of condoms (LGBTI and SW), lubricants through peer educators.
  • We have been able to advocate for the integration of sexuality and spirituality dialogue in Tanzania. The ISSDT dialogue delivered a chance for religious leaders and LGBT peoples from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to mingle and share challenges and experiences on barriers to access to health services and other humanitarian services and how to address them. The ISSDT also wanted to create a space for LGBTI and religious leaders to express their feelings and attitudes towards spirituality and sexuality related to stigma and discrimination related to HIV and AIDS prevention.

Membership and partnership

The Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), Tanzania Sex Worker Alliance (TASWA), African Sex worker Alliance (ASWA), African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP), AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), African Men for Health & Rights (AMSHeR) United of Transgender in Tanzania (UTT), East Africa Trans Health &Advocacy Network (EATHAN).