‘ Govt implementing national   work plan on ending violence’

23Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
‘ Govt implementing national   work plan on ending violence’

THE government is implementing the national work plan on ending violence against women and children to safeguard their rights and ensure their full access to education, health and employment opportunities.

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION ATTEMPT

The work plan is in line with the Tanzania Development Vision, 2025.

Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa made the statement on Thursday in Dar es Salaam during a national conference organised by Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF) in collaboration with the Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE) and C-Sema organisation aimed at reflecting the country’s status on gender based violence.The Premier said that violence against women and children is the contemporary issue which needs joint efforts between government and other social community development stakeholders to tackle.

He noted that violence against women and children are a key obstacle to social welfare of women and children rights in the country.

The Premier also said Tanzania is among the countries which uphold human rights including women and children rights, thus the government has intended to end all forms of violence which face women and children in their daily life through implementation of national work plan on ending violence against women and children in the country.

“We put in place coordination, managing and monitoring guidelines which could facilitate quick implementation of the national work plan on ending violence against women and children”, he said.

“It is important that we implement the work plan which gears at attaining achieving gender equality, one among the many goals of the Tanzania Development Vision by 2025,” said the Premier.

Majaliwa added that the government has been collaborating with a lot of community development stakeholders to initiate various campaigns which focus on ending violence against women and children such as end early marriage and pregnancy campaign which was organized by CDF and the Ministry of Health, community development, Elders, Gender and Children respectively.

“The fight against this violence on women and children cannot be done only by the government.  We need other stakeholders to join this battle so as end this violence completely.  Now, we as a government, we are encouraged to see local organizations like CDF and higher learning institutions like DUCE are taking part in the fight against this violence,” he added.

CDF executive director, Koshuma Mtengeti said that there are a huge number of women and children facing every kind of violence in daily life in the country such as sexual, physical, economical and psychological violence.

Mtengeti explained that Tanzania Demographic Health Survey (TDHS) of 2015/2016 show that, there are 44 per cent of women between an age of 15 and 49 have already experienced sexual or physical violence.

He noted that 27 per cent of women face physical violence in their communities while four per cent face sexual violence and 13 per cent face both physical and sexual violence at the same time.

Girls are key victim of all violence, as they are the ones facing female genital mutilation (FGM), early pregnancies and early marriage. 

He said the Tanzania Demographic Survey 2015/16 shows that 36 percent of women in the country get into marriage before an age of 18 years old and 10 percent of the women with an age of 15 and 49 have experienced female genital mutilation.