More education needed to curb GBV, activists say

06Dec 2019
Joseph Mwendapole
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
More education needed to curb GBV, activists say

GENDER activists yesterday stressed the need for more awareness campaign to address Violence against Women and Children (VAWC) in the country.

Rose Sarwatt

They made the remarks yesterday during the closing of Annual Reflection Meeting on the implementation of the National Plan of Action (NPA), meeting organiSed by Women in Law and Development Africa (WiLDAF).

Jackline Mollel from Tanzania Network of Legal Aid Providers (TANLAP), said many Tanzanians are not aware of the plan something which she said hinders its effective implementation adding that joint efforts are needed to educate the public about the existence of the plan.

“There are people who implement NPA without knowing, if such kind of people are informed about it I am sure they will do more because they will be sure that they are complementing government efforts,” she said.

Rose Sarwatt from Tanzania Widows Association (TAWIA) also said that in order for the execution of NPA to be successfully it is important for the public to know its existence and importance.

She said despite the fact that the government has already put in place directives on how to form committees to protect women and children all over the country, many district council and municipals are still lagging behind the initiatives.

She said the big challenge in the accomplishment of NPA-VAWC is the public ignorance over the existence of the plan and appealed to the government and CSOs to move all around the country and educate the public about the plan.

“Good news is that in many district councils NPA is known but none of them has set aside a budget to run the committees to protect women and children because they haven’t seen the importance to do so. We need to reach them and inform them about the importance of the committees,” she said.

Ester Mongi from the World Vision, said: “This action plan is meant to come up with committees for women and children protection all around the country.”She said the government is not doing enough in the formation of those committees in all regions because there is evidence that many of the existing ones were established by CSOs in not a sustainable way.

 “Many of CSOs are project-oriented, so when their projects end, some of them might close their business, but when we’ve these committees, the campaign will be sustainable. There is a need for the government to see the importance of these committees and allocate a budget for those committees,” she said.

She said the formed committees should start from the village and street level because it is where many cases of violence against women and children occur.

 “If these committees start from village and street level and if they are equipped to be strong they can help to reduce gender based violence which seems to increase among women and children,” she said.

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