Nearly 300m/- donated to fight early marriages, GBV in Mara

26Mar 2020
Sabato Kasika
Mara
The Guardian
Nearly 300m/- donated to fight early marriages, GBV in Mara

THE international women's organisation—FAWCO which is made up of members from Europe will donate approximately 300m/- to fight and eliminate early marriages, gender based violence against girls and women in Mara Region.

Executive Director of Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania, Rhobi Samwelly.

FAWCO foundation works to help organisations that deal with community projects worldwide. The donated fund in Tanzania’s Mara region will be used to implement the mentioned projects for two years from June 2020 to June 2022.

The funds will be channeled through a non-governmental organisation—Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania after it emerged the winner by getting more than 85 votes from FAWCO delegates.

The organisation defeated 15 other organisations from different nations after it presented a report on the efforts it was doing in the fight against female genital mutilation, early marriages as well as fighting for women rights in collaboration with stakeholders and the government in Serengeti District.

Executive Director of Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania, Rhobi Samwelly, told this newspaper that the monies will accelerate the fight against all kinds of gender based violence in Serengeti district and Mara region in general.

Rhobi said her organisation has all the qualities for fighting for a good cause concerning the girl's health and women similarly to FAWCO which is also fighting to see women are in good health and safe.

"FAWCO is aware of the bad effects of FGM and contributes to the fight against various diseases such as HIV/Aids and fistula that have been affecting women physiologically,” she noted.

She commended the support they receive from authorities in Mara region including the Regional Commissioner Adam Malima. She was optimistic that with combined efforts gender based violence will come to an end in the region.

The executive director said that they want to ensure that acts of violence come to an end by providing education to girls and women on the adverse effects of FGM as well as early marriages.