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Yazmin K. Msenguzi

Tanzania Community Empowerment Foundation (TACEF)

Miss Yazmin K. Msenguzi, popularly known as Yazzy, has become a leading activist and human rights defender fighting for the broader interests of key populations in Tanzania particularly transgender people, sex workers and those who are living with HIV among key populations. She has been working with a couple of organizations and consortia where she holds different positions, she is working with; Tanzania Community Empowerment Foundation (TACEF) as a Programs Manager, Tanzania Transgender Working Group (TTWG) as Monitoring & Evaluation Officer as well as working with the National Key and Vulnerable Populations’ Forum (KVP Forum) as a Co-Secretary and a Transgender representative. Academically, she is holding a Bachelor degree in Health Systems Management and have a number of awards on areas related to Project Management, Advocacy for Human Rights of Marginalized Communities, Risk Assessment and Developing of Emergency Response Plans and she is an alumni to the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) which is one of valuable exchange programs in the United States (U.S). She has been strategically advocating for an inclusion to ensure that key population led groups are involved and have the opportunity to be part of the formulation of policies and laws in the country, especially in the area of ​​health but also at accessing opportunities including funding which will enable them to be part of implementation which intends to improve services, wellbeing, welfare and protection of key population.

LGBT+ Tanzania_Source: Twitter

Since mid-2016, the government has notably increased its repression of LGBTI rights defenders. Such defenders are therefore forced to keep a low profile and generally operate underground. Homophobia is widespread in Tanzania and same-sex relations are criminalised with a penalty of 30 years in prison if found guilty.