15 December 2012

Tanzania: TAMWA Wants Reporters Expose Perpetrators of GBV

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Young Masai women perform in traditional dress.

GENDER activists have called for increased reporting to curb all forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Zanzibar.

Introducing a manual on GBV to reporters in Zanzibar, activists from the Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) said it was high time the war against GBV was intensified so as to make Zanzibar a peaceful place for women.

"GBV cases are on the rise, and more effort is required," said Ms Rehema Mwateba, an activist at a workshop for reporters on GBV. She said all kinds of abuse including physical, sexual, psychological, and economical violence need to be addressed. Ms Mzuri Issa and Ms Asha Abdi from TAMWA said that in order to win the war against GBV on the Isles the media has to play an important role.

They said that police and judiciary system need to be improved. "We need to sharpen our reporting skills on GBV. Coverage on abuse of women needs a concerted effort. It is a disturbing social abuse," said Mzuri as Asha explained. Marking the end of the commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism Against GBV, reporters narrated sad stories of rape, child defilement, and spouse battering, murder and abortion caused as a result of ill-treatment of women.

The activists joined the Minister responsible for Women and Children Development, Ms Zainab Omar Mohamed, emphasising that the situation is alarming and required cooperation not only from Government but from all stakeholders.

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