Govt, stakeholders aim to address fight against GBV

25Nov 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Govt, stakeholders aim to address fight against GBV

​​​​​​​THE Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children in collaboration with stakeholders has established One Stop Centres (OSCs) in six regions to facilitate provision of friendly services to survivors of gender based violence (GBV).

Pludence Costantine, the ministry’s head of communications made the statement on Monday in Dar es Salaam when speaking at the launch of the 16 days of activism against GBV. The campaign will run globally from November 25 to December 10t.

According to him, services at the centres which are all in Tanzania mainland are provided by qualified personnel including police officers. They are in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Mbeya, Iringa, Shinyanga and Coast regions.

The move is part of implementation of The National Plan of Action to end Violence against Women and Children (NPA-VAWC) 2017/2018-2021/2022 which aims to cut violence against women and children in half by 2022.

He said the NPA-VAWC is part of implementation of The Women and Gender Development Policy (2000), The National Strategy for Gender Development 2005, Child Development Policy of 2008 and Law of the Child Act of 2009.

The policies aim to ensure that gender perspective is mainstreamed into all policies, programmes and strategies.

He said to fight GBV the government has taken various measures including establishment of special security committees for protection of women and girls. He said a total of 11,586 committees have been established at village, ward, district and regional levels.

According to him, a total of 420 police gender desks have been established at various police stations across the country. The desks have so far served 58,059 victims of various forms of GBV. He said the Prisons also introduced 162 gender desks in all the regions in Tanzania mainland.

“These desks have encouraged more women to report GBV incidences. Previously, there were few cases reported because victims were afraid and there was no special handling or privacy,” he noted.

Anna Kulaya is the Director of Women in Law and Development Africa (WiLDAF), she said during this year’s 16 days of activism they will put much effort in educating students at higher learning institutions. She said the decision follows increased reported cases of sextortion at universities and colleges.

Kulaya said plans are underway for establishment of gender desks at universities and colleges to enable students to comfortably report GBV incidences. She said they are also planning to provide similar education to students at primary and secondary schools.

UNFPA Deputy Country Representative, Dr Wilfred Ochan noted that Tanzanian’s efforts to end GBV are also being recognized globally.

Dr Ochan added that it is the responsibility of every one to end gender-based violence by tackling the persistent social norms that devalue women and girls and keep them locked in a cycle of inequality and abuse as well as ensuring GBV survivors, access comprehensive support services to help them to start building their lives. Read More...