Gender violence still on the rise, minister

11Nov 2019
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Gender violence still on the rise, minister

DESPITE the efforts to end gender-based violence (GBV) in the country, reported cases of the problem is on the rise, deputy minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Faustine Ndugulile, said here at the weekend.

Faustine Ndugulile

He said the governing is conducting a study to establish the reasons behind the vice, saying may be public awareness has increased, thus people feel free to report or it is the violence that is on the increase.

Speaking at the opening of seminar organised by the UN Women to Members of Parliament, the government efforts in collaboration with other stakeholders  are yielding fruits.

He said that the ongoing implementation of a strategic plan fight against GBV was yielding positive results.

UN Women in collaboration with the government of Tanzania has helped the country in the fight against Gender Based Violence to women and children, and so far the cases have decreased significantly.

The government is currently implementing a five year strategic plan 2017/ 2018-2021/2022 which aims at seeking all possible solutions on GBV.

UN Women in Tanzania organized a three-day seminar to Members of Parliament in the country’s capital to sensitize MPs so that they can disseminate knowledge to citizens in their respective constituencies, which will get rid of the vice.

Ndugulile underscored the need for MPs to help in burying myths and negative cultural beliefs in the communities that were fueling GBV.

“At least 41,000 cases of GBV were reported in  2017 countrywide and unfortunately the cases were still on the rise especially in Dodoma region, among others” he said.

Among the key issues in the strategic plan is introduction of defence and security committees, one stop centre to deal with GBV issues whereby the centre has police officers, medical practitioners and people offering counseling services.

The minister said the government also introduced paralegals in order to provide legal aid to victims of GBV, and so far, they have helped a lot in bringing perpetrators of the vice to justice.

UN Women governance specialist advisor, Ussu Mallya said in collaboration with the Tanzanian government, said by establishing a dialogue with religious and community leaders, UN Women was determined to end GBV in the country.

“UN Women work with the ministry of Justice and Constitution, ministry of Health in a bid to have a friendly environment which will help to end GBV,’’ she said.

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