27 November 2012

Tanzania: Police Form Reworked to Fight Gender-Based Violence

Photo: Robert Okanda/The Daily News
A section of members of the diplomatic community, activists and Dar es Salaam residents march during the launch of the 16 days of 'Scold Violence Against Gender'.

A REVIEW of the Police Form Number Three (PF3) is expected to help women affected by gender-based violence (GBV) get immediate attention at the hospital, Deputy Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs Angela Kairuki has said.

She said in Dar es Salaam that the form launched on Monday, will also be used as evidence in court to help those affected to get justice, especially sexual violence. She asked police to educate the public on changes in the form, adding that the older PF3 form had weaknesses.

The Deputy Minister said when launching a national campaign of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in Dar es Salaam yesterday. It has been done in partnership with Ministry of gender, community development and children. She said shortly after receiving a procession which started at Mnazi mmoja in the morning where various individuals including the diplomatic corps attended.

The celebrations, which started on Monday will end on December 10, on international Human rights day, after a caravan, a national procession against violence against women, which started in Dar es Salaam on Monday would have gone to Morogoro, Pwani, Dodoma, Singida, Kigoma, Tabora, Kilimanjaro, Manyara, Tanga and Arusha, Mwanza, Shinyanga , Mara, Mwara, Lindi, Mbeya, Iringa and Songea. Ms Kairuki said reported cases of gender violence have almost doubled in the last one year, according to latest reports.

She said research carried out by WiLDAF this year shows that some 6001 cases were reported in media as compared to 3542 in 2011. She said the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Centre for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.

Participants chose the dates November 25- International Day against Violence against Womenand December 10- International Human Rights Day- in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights.

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