The grant released through German Development Cooperation (GIZ) is part of long term collaboration between the country and the Ministry of Constitutional and Legal Affairs.
GIZ country director Dr Mike Falke made this observation yesterday, at a forum on ‘borderless partnership against gender based violence’ held at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam.
The forum organized jointly by Germany Embassy, GIZ, government of Tanzania and the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat sought to address policy challenges in advancing the fight against gender based violence.
The funds will contribute towards improving access to justice for women and girls and protecting them from gender specific discrimination, thereby promoting gender equality in Tanzania, he said.
“This is a monumental step marking the return of GIZ in the fight against GBV in Tanzania,” he asserted, noting that GIZ is actively supporting the fight against gender based violence and discrimination in Tanzania and in East Africa as a whole.
Liberata Mulamula, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, said that evidence shows that women and girls are still facing domestic violence as they are being beaten, harassed and tortured by uncouth spouses and partners.
Physical and sexual violence against women are still rampant and worse, most perpetrators of offences of domestic violence go unpunished, she stated
Harmful cultural practices still affect women’s rights, despite female genital mutilation being criminalized in the country, the practice has not stopped in regions such as Arusha, Dodoma, Kigoma, Manyara, Mara and Morogoro, she declared.
Activities during the 16 days of activism against gender based violence in the country have shown that there is solidarity with the rest of the world in eradicating GBV. At the national level, over the years a number of efforts have been employed to address the challenge, the minister noted.
“We are grateful that much progress has been made. The government of Tanzania is working in partnership with international organizations and NGOs dedicated to gender equality and empowerment of women and the fight against gender based violence,” she added.