In Africa women are too often denied their basic right to education due to cultural, political, religious or social barriers. A relevant example in Tanzania is women in the Maasai tribe that are often refused their right to education, forced into early marriage and child birth. In countries where there is political instability women are denied their rights due to the additional burdens women face in relocating. The Tanzanian Marriage Act of 1971 allows a girl to be married at the age of 15 by the consent of her parents unlike men who need to be 18 years to marry by law. Should parents be allowed to give consent for their daughter to marry, what type of message is this presenting, does this reinforce the exploitative custom of dowry/mahari in Africa families, if men and women in Tanzania have equal rights then why are their different age barriers for men and women to marry?
In respect of all the challenges women must face throughout their life I am proposing a new initiative named ‘RadioWoman’. Radio is a cheap, popular and widely available channel of communication and information in Tanzanian in urban and rural areas. As development actors have a wealth of experience beginning radio programmes on the development of the health and educational sectors in Tanzania and promoting human rights we seem to have forgotten about the foundation for any person to learn, speak and act: primary/basic education.