Back Ground

Himiza Social Justice was founded by vibrant young men and women with different professional backgrounds with the view of enhancing access to access to justice within the community. The organization was registered on 19th May, 2014 under the Companies Act No. 12 of 2002 and issued with certificate of incorporation No. 108309 as a company limited by guarantee (not for profit making company) with all qualifications to carry out activities of non-governmental organization.

Target Group and or Beneficiaries of The Organization:

  • Children, Youth and Women.
  • People with Disability.
  • Poor rural communities.

Reasons for choice of beneficiaries

In a study conducted by the organization before its registration in 2014 in Geita and Busega districts, it was found out that children and youth compose a big number of the whole population of Tanzania and their directly and indirectly affected by the policy and laws that are implemented and enforced in the community. With this view they are the primary consumers and directly affected by the government’s decisions and projects implemented thereto.

In this study it was also revealed that women are the most vulnerable group in socio-economic development which includes gender based violence, lack of economic opportunities, marginalization of women as a result of negative culture and inferiority complex created among women in achieving social, political and economic development. To that effect the organization saw the need to have this group as its primary beneficiaries.

The organization also found out that in its study, people with disability are given less attention while they remain victims of various policies and laws which affect their rights. They are far left from involvement of things that affect their wellbeing and decisions in that manner are left in the hands of others. To have them as the primary target group will widen a chance to have them participate and involve in the decisions that affect their lives.

The study further revealed that the poor rural communities lag behind many development projects which are firstly initiated in urban areas. The rural communities have few people to advocate for their rights and the projects are less directed to them for lack of active voice in advocating for projects that best suit their needs.

Reasons for choice of beneficiaries

Vision

A society that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.

Mission

To advocate and promote equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities through legal and policy advocacy, capacity building and community empowerment.

Core Values

The organization strives to achieve its mission by adhering to the core values stated below which stand as guide posts for the organization’s vision:

  • Hard working, Accountability and transparency.
  • Life and dignity of human person.
  • Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable.

Reasons for choice of beneficiaries

Vision

A society that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.

Mission

To advocate and promote equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities through legal and policy advocacy, capacity building and community empowerment.

Core Values

The organization strives to achieve its mission by adhering to the core values stated below which stand as guide posts for the organization’s vision:

  • Hard working, Accountability and transparency.
  • Life and dignity of human person.
  • Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable.

Main Objectives

To improve the socio-economic development of poor rural communities through promoting human rights, good governance, legal, civic and policy advocacy and enhancement of access to justice through provision of legal aid to the vulnerable and marginalized groups.

Specific objectives

  1. To promote respect and observance of rule of law and due process, including good governance while promoting the culture of consumer rights protection in rural communities.
  2. To increase women, youth, children and community awareness on protecting and promoting their rights and economic base.
  3. To enhance and promote comprehensive legal aid support among marginalized HIV/AIDS women and children and to strengthen access to quality legal aid service among marginalized rural HIV/AIDS women and children.

Strategies

The organization uses the strategies presented in this section in achieving its objectives:

  • Advocacy and lobbying.
  • Capacity Building.
  • Community Empowerment.
  • Alliance and or institutional building.
  • Awareness creation.
  • Research, Publication and sharing information communication materials.