‘GBV still rampant in Dodoma despite efforts to reverse trend’

01Aug 2020
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
‘GBV still rampant in Dodoma despite efforts to reverse trend’

GENDER based violence is still rampant in Dodoma region despite efforts by the authority to reverse the trend, stakeholders have observed.

Speaking during a two days training organised by the Legal and Human Right Centre (LHRC) here at the weekend, the stakeholders comprising of ward development officers, community workers among others in the region maintained that the situation has not changed for better.

The aim of the meeting was to empower local government authority leaders like ward executive officers, village executive officers, social workers and development officers understand the level of the problem at their areas.

LHRC's Programme Officer for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Getruda Byabena observed that Dodoma region is ranked among the top five regions in the country with high cases of gender-based violence.

"Dodoma is still among the leading regions with high cases of gender-based violence, thus the need for leaders at lower level understand the magnitude of the problem," she said, adding that at the end of the meeting the participants would come up with recommendations on the way forward.

She observed that children and people with disabilities are still at high risk of violence, mainly done to them by people who are close to them.

Ruth Kilango, a Social Welfare Officer at the Dodoma regional referral hospital who also attended the meeting observed that the vice is rampant in the region.

She said not a day can pass without gender-based violence case reported at the regional hospital and sometimes three to five cases per day.

"It is undeniable that such cases are still common in the region, mostly in the rural cases where they are hardly reported," she said, adding that all stakeholders should combine efforts to end the problems.

On the other hand, the participants also debated on the challenges to how to help economically empower people with special needs in the society.

Patrick Mafuru, Community Development Officer in Mpwapwa told the meeting that while the government through the district councils have set aside empowerment fund for various groups of people in the community, some are still not aware of it.

He said while women are very proactive on this, people with disabilities and youth are not committed to benefiting from the funds.

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