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Report on state of GBV in the country to be released today

7th February 2013
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TAMWA`s Executive Director, Valerie Msoka

Activists working against Gender Based Violence (GBV) will later today release results on a research carried out towards the state of GBV which was conducted in 10 districts of Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.

The meeting will be convened at Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA) office in, Dar es Salaam.

A statement from TAMWA’s Executive Director, Valerie Msoka, said the survey results have been compiled from a data collection exercise done in the past two months in 10 districts aimed at identifying peoples’ perspectives on GBV, family structures and GBV response mechanisms at the village and district level.

She said the survey report will guide and assist the partner organisations to prepare collective strategies against GBV acts which mainly affect women and children.

“Our organisations have similar intentions of preventing GBV, building awareness and dispensing justice for those whose rights are being violated. By joining forces, we believe the campaign against and raising awareness of GBV will be great,” she said.

Partner organisations in the exercise are the Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA), Zanzibar Female Lawyers Association (ZAFELA), Crisis Resolving Centre (CRC), Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP) and TAMWA Mainland and Zanzibar.

She said TAWLA, CRC and ZAFELA will deal with the legal aspect of GBV including training on human rights and providing legal aid; TGNP will offer gender knowledge in order to ensure gender equality and TAMWA will be responsible for information dissemination through media outlets. Their collective action will also mobilise society to act against GBV.

The 10 Districts in which the survey was done and which will benefit from the programme known as Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE), include Wete (Pemba north), West Unguja, South Unguja, Kisarawe (Coast), Newala (Mtwara), Lindi (rural), Mvomero (Morogoro) and two districts of Kinondoni and Ilala (Dar es Salaam).

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN