Minister for Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Ummy Mwalimu made the remarks in New Delhi when speaking during the ongoing fourth Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) 2018 partners’ forum which ended yesterday.
Mwalimu said that in Tanzania, out of 100 women aged 15-49, forty have experienced physical violence and 17 in 100 women (15-49 years) have experienced sexual violence.
“Violence against women is a violation of basic human rights,” The Minister said vowing to fight the vice in collaboration with other stakeholders.
She said violence against women have adverse health, demographic, and economic consequences for women and the country.
“We are committed to have a Tanzania free of gender based violence,” Mwalimu told the audience.
The government according to the minister had created policies and guidelines, for management of gender based violence and violence against children (VAC).
She said the Children Act number 21 of 2009 and its regulations aims at guiding the government on how to address all sorts of violence against women and children.
Minister Mwalimu said that Tanzania had established gender desks in police stations as another way of addressing gender based violence and timely helping victims of gender based violence survivors.
According to data presented by the Minister of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, top ten regions with higher numbers of gender based violence in the country are; Mara 78 pc, Shinyanga 78pc, Tabora 71pc, Kagera 67pc, Geita 63pc, Simiyu 62pc, Kigoma 61pc, Mwanza 60 pc, Njombe 53pc, Katavi and Dodoma 50 per cent.
Mwalimu pledged to continue rallying the political and public support needed to end gender based violence in the country, including ensuring effective implementation of existing policies, laws, and regulations, strategies and action plans.
According to PMNCH violence against women is a pervasive problem in nearly every country in the world and manifests in multitude of abuses. Addressing VAW therefore requires a concerted approach at local, regional and national levels that engages partners from civil society, the private sector, and government.
The 4th PMNCH Forum brought together 1,200 partners dedicated to Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) movement and the achievement of UN Secretary General’s Global Health Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030), centered on improving multi-sectoral action for results, sharing country solutions and capturing the best results and knowledge within and among the health sector and related sectors.