Women rights defenders should work with govt -call

15Jan 2020
The Guardian
Women rights defenders should work with govt -call

MOROGORO District Commissioner Regina Chonjo has called on stakeholders in defense of women rights to liaise with the government’s efforts to ensure the women are protected against all forms of discrimination and to participate in their own development.

Morogoro District Commissioner Regina Chonjo

She gave the call when adjourning a meeting of national stakeholders who met in Morogoro aimed to improve the Report by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against women (CEDAW).

Chonjo hailed the stakeholders for the achievements made by the Tanzania Government in preventing discrimination against women and girls for the period 2015 to 2019.

She said the female population in Tanzania is big as compared to male and said 80 percent of them live in rural areas hence it was important to protect women against all forms of discrimination as well as against gender based violence (GBV)

She mentioned government efforts in fighting against GBV as including establishing Gender and Children’s Desks at police stations aimed to get appropriate service and added that the Desks have increased wananchi’s resolve to report on ant acts of violence against women and children.

She mentioned centres for GBV and children abuse victims in six regions of Tanzania Mainland – Dar es Salaam, Coast, Mwanza, Mbeya, Iringa and Shinyanga all of which have been doing well so far.

Assistant Director for Gender Development Mboni Mgaza explained that this was the ninth Report on the implantation of CEDAW and will be tabled to the United Nations in March 2020 and will be attached with special reports for Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.