Police: GBV is crime much like any other

01Dec 2021
Aisia Rweyemamu
MANYARA
The Guardian
Police: GBV is crime much like any other

THE Assistant Commissioner of Police in Manyara Region ACP Yahaya Athuman has warned the public that gender-based violence (GBV) is a crime like any other offense and called on the public to keep exposing those who commit the illegal incidents for further legal measures.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police in Manyara region ACP Yahaya Athumani speaking to stakeholders during the national forum to comemorate 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence.

The ACP said this yesterday in Manyara during the commemoration of 16 days of activism against GBV that kicked off on 25 November and will run until 10 December, human rights day which is commemorated by Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) with faith partner in the regions of Manyara, Lindi, Pwani and Kigoma.

This year NCA and faith actors have joined resources with national stakeholders and government through the MKUKI initiative in hosting the national event in Manyara.

“GBV is an obstacle to social welfare and economic development, so no one should remain mum on this, everyone has responsibility to support the fight against,” he said.

ACP Athuman said that more awareness programmes are needed to educate the society on the negatives of GBV.

NCA country director Paulina Parhiala said that there are many impacts of violence to the individual, but also to the community.

She noted that violence can lead to emotional trauma, physical and even death. Violence against women and children go universally underreported and such violence undermines individuals’ confidence; create physical disability, stigma and shame.

According to Parhiala, the victims of violence are often led to believe that it is their fault, so concerted efforts are needed to fight the vice.

 “There are also numerous impacts, violence tears apart love and unity in community, breaks the trust and dismantles families and communities, there are also significant financial costs and economic impacts,” she added.

In Tanzania, there are many reasons to continue speaking about gender-based violence. It continues to be a reality in the lives of women, girls, boys and men and particularly in the lives of people with disabilities.

“Today, we are calling for social transformation, this means process of change in our relationships, norms, values and hierarchies. Transformation requires that individuals alter what they think is socially acceptable behavior,” she stressed.

Regina Mollel, community development officer from the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children called on religious leaders to educate the community on the impacts of GBV.

This year’s theme is “Orange the World: End violence against women now! The campaign is to build awareness to lead to accountability and to address the continuing impunity to gender-based violence.