Nearly 2,000 people in Zanzibar equipped with skills to fight GBV

17Sep 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Zanzibar
The Guardian
Nearly 2,000 people in Zanzibar equipped with skills to fight GBV

​​​​​​​NEARLY 2,000 people in Unguja North Region have benefited with training on better ways to reinforce the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV), thanks to the initiatives made by Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) in Zanzibar.

TAMWA-Zanzibar monitoring and evaluation officer Mohamed Khatib.

The one-week training has benefited people of various groups who will be able to use their time and knowledge to educate others in the community on the impacts of violence.

TAMWA-Zanzibar monitoring and evaluation officer Mohamed Khatib said that public awareness programmes are important in scaling up the fight against GBV.

“We want to have a community which is free from GBV acts, our aim is ensure that our people are well informed on the impacts of violence against women and children, so different groups which have received training today are going to disseminate the ant-violence information to the community back home,” Khatib said.

He named one of the beneficiaries of the training as college and university students, activists and other stakeholders.

According to him, there was still a large wave of violence acts and thus training the groups was key towards eradicating the actions.

“GBV including violence against children remains one of the most serious human rights violations in the country which calls for determined efforts to curb it. We should make sure that we work together to educate the public and contribute fully in the fight against the vice,” she said.

Presenting report of a min survey conducted by the network in Unguja North Region, Kamu Vuai said there are several challenges which affect the group’s efforts to fight abuse against children and women.

She said that there are some of the people in the community who are still reluctant especially in providing cooperation in violence cases.

“For example now, there is a mother in one of the villages (shehias) in Unguja who hide reports of her child being raped. The mother decided to treat her child with traditional medicines believing that it will heal pain but the child’s condition became even worse,” she said.

According to Vuai, in the past two months, eight cases have been reported whereby seven of them are under preliminary investigation.

Hadia Makame, one of the participants stressed on the need for more education and awareness programmes on GBV and violence against children.

“We commend TAMWA-Zanzibar for seeing this challenge and being able to invest its efforts to fight it. Training community groups enables us to participate fully in the war against violence,” she added.

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