11 December 2012

Tanzania: DC Urges Clerics to Assist in Curbing Violence

TANGA District Commissioner, Ms Halima Dendego has called upon religious leaders to help the government eliminate genderbased violence (GBV) in the community, and promote peace and unity within families.

The district commissioner made the call during celebrations organized by a Tanga-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) that fights against gender-based violence, Tree of Hope, held at Tangamano grounds here.

She said that the government was very much concerned and keen in fighting GBV, that is why it has established a "gender violence" desk in almost all police stations that deals particularly with gender violence related issues.

The DC, however, said that the battle against GBV was wide and complicated; hence it needed a helping hand from religious leaders who have been given authority by God to deal with physical and spiritual injustices.

"The government has the power over physical matters, but the religious leaders have power over both, physical and spiritual matters....that is why I urge religious leaders to teach their believers to act according to what their holy books say...I'm sure all religious books do not allow social injustice and violence of any sort," she stressed.

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