Tanzania: End gender-based violence

Tanzania: End gender-based violence

Date: December 15, 2011
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Tanzania joined other countries around the world to launch the annual campaign to highlight issues around violence against women lt on 25 November 2011. The 16-day campaign is a series of annual events to raise public awareness on the vice as well as exhort policymakers to improve their respective countries’ status as far as the legal regime is concerned to improve the lives of females.

While most people associate violence with men, and usually view them, as the aggressors against women, but men too are increasingly becoming victims in their own right.

Traditionally, men are seen as the masculine face of society and thus it is easy for them to misapply that advantage against hapless girls and women.

Women have since made a significant mark in society, or even rivalled men in grounds that were traditionally a preserve or dominated by men.

That is why it is important that this year’s focus be on men as agents of positive change as the nation tries to eliminate gender-based violence and discrimination.

The State should also strongly see the need to repeal bad laws such as those about property rights, marriage and boy-girl discrimination to bring about equitability and socioeconomic development.

Source: http://thecitizen.co.tz/editorial-analysis/

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