Woman scream 2015 Tanzania

Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival 2015 in Tanzania, took part on March 28, 2015 from 2.00PM to 6PM at Nkrumah Hall, at the University of Dar-es-Salaam. The festival was organized by La Poetista, a group of poetry and art lovers, in collaboration with AIESEC University of Dar-es-Salaam Chapter, an international student organization and the University of Dar-es-Salaam Gender Centre. Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) and the University of Dar-es-Salaam Department of Fine and Performing Arts (FPA), also provided us with rehearsal spaces. Different organizations also participated including Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) and WLAC, providing students with materials and publications on gender based violence and the kind of help available for survivors.

This year a lot of artists screamed, raising their voices amongst the student community of the University of Dar-es-Salaam, raising awareness, building the culture of activism, and bringing hope to survivors in the university community, which also faces its share of violence against women incidences. 
Besides the day of the event, La Poetista in collaboration with AIESEC University of Dar-es-Salaam put up a station near the university cafeteria for three days to talk to students and people passing by about Woman Scream and violence against women.

We would like to especially thank the participating artists for sharing their message and screaming very loudly.
  1. Nancy Lazaro (poetry)
  2. Neema Komba (poetry)
  3. Zuhura Seng’enge(poetry)
  4. Caroline Damian Manyika (poetry)
  5. Susie Berya (poetry)
  6. Nancy Arbogast (poetry)
  7. Arafa (poetry)
  8. Erick Justice (Poetry)
  9. Alex Method (poetry)
  10. Adam Kapilima (poetry and drama skit)
  11. Daniel Shishira (drama skit)
  12. Emmanuel Mwinuka (drama skit)
  13. Asteria (Esther Stanslauc) (Music)
  14. Gwakisa Mwambungu (Music)
  15. Douglas Ssemakalu (Music)
  16. Ryan Komba (Speech)
  17. Edgar Lushaju (MC)
  18. Dominiki (Illustrations/sketches)
We would also like to thank the organizing team for their tireless effort in making the event a success:

The La Poetista Team: Neema Komba, Susan Ponera, Kezia Ayikoru, Nancy Lazaro, Zuhura Seng’enge, Adam Kapilima, Charles Mtae, and Edgar Lushaju.

The AIESEC University of Dar-es-Salaam Organizing Committee Team (OC) – Hamis Obeid, Pastory Chokala, Amani Shayo, Irene Enock, Fransica Mlingwa, and Baraka Mukongo.

We would like to thank the University of Dar-es-Salaam Gender Center for hosting us and providing us with the space and facilitation. Our collaboration with The Gender Center, as well as the University of Dar-es-Salaam Gender Club students, helped in creating a discussion on issues at the university level as well as what each one of us can do in order to be part of the solution and not the problem.

We would like to thank different media for their support including: TBC FM, EATV-Wanawake Live, Missie Popular, GAM Studios, the Citizen News Paper, TBC FM,We Write, Bongo 5, and Vijana FM, and everyone that spread the news about Woman Scream.

We would also like to thank everyone that showed up, the UDSM students and staff, GBV stakeholders, and everyone that came to support the cause and helped us scream.

Last but not least, we would like to thank Women Poets International (MPI) for their guidance and support as we were planning the event for Tanzania. We look forward to screaming even louder next year.