Innovations that place women and girls at the centre of their design have the potential to empower them, deepen their agency, promote their voices, and support them to be a part of change at individual, family and community levels. Yet in spite of the growing body of evidence of its power to transform women’s lives, active participation and leadership by women and girls in innovation-related activities remains low.

Leaders of innovation spaces thriving in Tanzania are remarking that while they are testing out some approaches to get more women to participate, they do not fully know how to attract women to these ventures and perhaps do not fully understand the challenges women face in joining them. This story examines how Maryam and the Buni Divaz accomplished this.

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