Elimination of early marriages and pregnancy_ Zanzibar Leo News Paper_ August 2016


Date: August 23, 2016
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Name of the story: Elimination of early marriages and pregnancy

Name of the media house: Zanzibar Leo News Paper

Country: Tanzania

Gem Classification: Gender aware

Synopsis

Brief description of the item of work you submitted and motivation of why it is a good example of gender awareness and sensitivity in advancing gender equality Post-2015. Zanzibar like other country in the world, is hunting to eliminate Early marriages and pregnant, this is because is one among the strong sources of Gender violence. In addition, 99 percentages’ of Zanzibar’s are Muslim while a number of the Government regulation, policy and law is go against according their believes and rise misunderstanding with law enforcers during implementation.

Therefore, I try to show in my article what kind of ambiguity to remove Early marriage and pregnant by using Government law which protect the children because with show only child is only under 18 years, Zanzibar Children Act no 6, 2011 while Islamic believes is wrong translation and know only child is not virgin don’t concern the age. In my news article is show, for how the snares and the Government and other Activists against this issue can face believes challengers in the Zanzibar society, and led 240 children faced Early marriage and pregnant in the Pemba Island from 2013 up to 2015. These data collected in various like a Police Children, nine shehias, Ministry of Children and Ministry of education.

This snares it rise even in court organ as one among the three state Organ as Magistrate court South Pemba regional Mr.Khamis Ramadhan Abdalla said that ‘should be the law maker to make the law according the society back ground”. All Islamic leaders agree that, the 18 years are matured while only to the Government process like a voting, property belonging, employment and others like that, while in the marriage is wrong concern. It is better to advocating and awareness’ in the future eliminating the Gender Based Violence GBV. This is because some of the external and internal forces whereby to stop it is fairer and loss the gender equality in the society and kill the human rights.

Background

Why did you produce the story? What problem or context is it responding to?

Because to week up some of the Zanzibar planners and law-making body, to know that, 99 percentages’ of Zanzibar’s are Muslim while a number of the Government regulation, policy and law is go beyond according their believes, and rise misunderstanding with law enforcers during implementation it rise contrivers and sometime kill the external and internal effort.

Therefore, I try to show in my article what kind of ambiguity to remove Early marriage and pregnant by using Government law which protect the children, because it show only child is under 18 years, Zanzibar Children Act no 6, 2011 while Islamic believes is wrong translation and know only child is not virgin don’t concern age.

For how the snares and the Government and other Activists against this issue can face problems during providing education about Early marriage and pregnant through various seminars and some dialogues. In the Qur-an it show each and everything and how the children can face marriage or other process and not show any where about age, while focusing only factor affecting after marriage according the children health, not the age as qualification to marriage or not. While the Zanzibar Government law show first age of marriage.

Key objectives

What did you hope to achieve with this coverage?

I hope, it happen a change for Zanzibar’s planners and law maker to set together with Islamic side when trying to make law especially which have human sensitivity, to avoid controversy when time to implementing. This is because 99 Zanzibar has been Muslim and like to make their decision via Qu-ran as life catalog not directing other law without it.

In addition, I hope, with Zanzibar we have special Muslim department ‘Mufti office’ even problems of Early marriage and pregnant which summated in side and dealing with Muslim regulation and law, because it show very well and in deep like a divorce.

Target audience

Whom did you hope to reach? Did you succeed in reaching this audience? What evidence do you have to that effect?

I use different sources like 1984 Zanzibar constitution, The United Republic of Tanzania Constitution 1877, Zanzibar Children Act no 6, 2011, Zanzibar education Act no 6, 1982, Court, Activists, adult, children, religious leaders, Zanzibar Attorney General, professional doctors, One stop centre, this is because to get more translation about who is child and for how it react differ during implementation.

A number of those types of sources it provided and explanations that, a child is only person who is under 18 years, and course to build a fence or hindering between citizens and law enforces. Example the south regional Pemba Magistrate court Mr. Khamis Ramadhan Abdalla he said that, even in the court trial face some of the challengers after explanation about Zanzibar children Act, no 6 2011 it show is only under 18 years is child and Islamic law is indicate the child is only before adolescents for boys and girls is virgin.

Those is included 18 only human sources and equal number between man and women this is because some time all of the head of department is a man, therefore it face me some challengers to use women sources until to use very technical in news reporting.

How did you go about researching and writing the story?

How did you gather the data, how many sources, female and male did you consult? Why did you choose these sources and how were their voices important?

I get the data from various department like Ministry of education, Ministry of Children and women, Police children and women desk, Shehias levels, Tanzania Media Women Association TAMWA, One stop centre, International Plan UK. There are two types of sources documentary and Human, is only 21 and 18 is human sources, while is equal number between female and male.

I choose this sources because to get congruity information and data.

Their voices is important because : Like 1984 Zanzibar constitution and 1977 the United Republic of Tanzania constitution is our backbone and is a mother law, the Zanzibar peoples is focusing to implementing those regulation, policy and law especial to eliminate gender violations. Even violation victim is very important to say something and to advice the law and policy maker to make law according people situation.

While the court is one among the three state organ also it face some challengers like believes during case trial about child translation

Feedback

What impact did it have? What evidence do you have to illustrate impact?

Please provide any examples of feedback that you received from the articles (from websites, letters, etc.) I is only other published four (4) feature about how to eliminate Early marriage and published just as to joint my past feature about ‘TRANSLATION ON WHO IS CHILD IS FANCE TO ELIMINATE EARLY MARRIAGE AND PRIGNATE’ and try to write others and show the way of elimination about it.

It is only feedback through my cell phone and advise me. Some of our audience to correct about that issue for example Director of Public Prosecutor office DDP Pemba branch blaming me why to contact with their office to ask and get information and challengers during case preparation and for how face some of defiance side to defended their client like child. The DPP Office Pemba branch it stimulate me to established other article tips about ‘WHAT CHALLENGERS FACE DPP OFFICE ON GENDER BASED VIOLANCE CASE’ and this tip now in my pipe line.

While Sheikh Adam call me to congratulation about my feature and advise me, to established only news feature which show

Follow up

How would you conduct a follow up to your story and why?

My follow up about my topic about ‘how to eliminate Early marriage and pregnant’ I try to write a four (4) news feature about it, and A advices different institution like community and how to eliminate this issue, In this way, my headline about that article in ‘MALEZI YA PAMOJA YAWEZA KUKOMESGA NDOA NA MIMBA ZA UTOTONI’. Why because as you know during 19 century the Zanzibar and Tanzania community their live together and help to care a children’s in village like one family and help to protect some of the drought it happen in the community.

While other my follow up about hoe to eliminate early marriage, I dig to write other angle article, which take headline about ‘Ndoa za umri mdogo bado kaa la moto. Watoto wa kike waachishwa masomo, waozwa waume’ This article is week up some the Ministry of Child and women to establish a research and included me as GBV reporter while it start early October 2016. This is best my follow up, and now I waiting with wide mouth this research as innovated according my news article.