Tanzania: Gender based violence in mining

Tanzania: Gender based violence in mining

Date: December 5, 2018
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By Idd Juma

Dar es salaam, 27 November:  A large number of women are involved in small-scale mining  in the Tanzanian region of Geita. They experience many challenges, a major one being gender-based violence. Due to high poverty levels, women in the region are forced to work in mining to support their families.

In the mines, women face many challenges such as sexual harassment, land exploitation and criticism. Women are subjected to abusive language and many are abandoned when they fall pregnant. This forces women to enter into relationships or get married unwillingly so as to get protection from men.

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Idd Juma is a journalist from Tanzania. This article is part of the Gender Links  16 Days News Service #VoiceandChoice Campaign

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