PRESS RELEASE (41)
07 March 2016 Written by TAMWA
Journalistic survey conducted recently revealed that that FGM and Child marriage are still practiced in many parts of Tanzania despite efforts made by the government and NGO’s alley situation. In November 2015, TAMWA organized an investigative journalist survey supported by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This survey aimed at assessing the situation of GBV with focus on Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation from 13 regions of mainland and Zanzibar. These regions include Dodoma, Morogoro, Mara, Singida, Shinyanga, Pwani, Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Tabora, Mwanza Manyara and Unguja and Pemba in Zanzibar. Data from the field revealed that from January to October 2015 in Kondoa district 39.9% of all pregnant women underwent FGM. In Tarime District 118 rape cases were reported to Court while in Pemba 240 young girls became pregnant in 2015. In Mkalama District 2,265 women who gave birth at medical centers 115 underwent FGM whereas in Msalala Council (Kahama District) 605(47.47%) out 1150 girls did not finish secondary school because of Child Marriage and Bagamoyo School pregnancies were 12 from January up to June 2015 Findings show that where FGM is practiced, communities have opted alternatives to shift the young girls from their homes to of domicile to other areas so that FGM can be conducted there without their community consent.
26 February 2016 Written by TAMWA
Chama cha Wanahabari Wanawake nchini- TAMWA kinalaani vikali ucheleweshwaji na upotoshwaji ushahidi wa kesi za vitendo vya ukatili wa kijinsia hasa za ubakaji na ulawiti katika ngazi ya mahakama, polisi na baadhi ya madaktari hospitalini. Hali hiyo imekuja baada ya TAMWA kubaini kuwa kesi 62 za ubakaji zimeshindwa kutolewa hukumu/ uamuzi na mahakama mbalimbali jijini Dar es Salaam katika kipindi cha mwaka 2014-2015 Kati ya kesi 63 za ubakaji, ni kesi moja tu mtuhumiwa amehukumiwa kifungo cha miaka 30 jela, kesi 43 bado ziko mahakamani, kesi 17 zimeshindwa kufika mahakamani, ambapo kesi mbili zimefutwa kwa kukosekana ushahidi.
In 2015 Tanzania election, women were under-represented in media. In analysis of one month of all stories from six newspapers monitored between mid-September and late October last year TAMWA found that; only 11per cent of women had access to newspapers during the 2015 Tanzania General Election. Just like in 2005 and 2010, election media reportage in 2015 continued to use men as the main sources in the news content. From about 2,577 sources used in various media content during 2015 election, men were 2,256 which is about 88 percent compared to women who contributed only 303 sources which was equivalent to 11 percent. The unknown sources were only 18 which is equivalent to 1 percent. The findings also show that men dominated in all topic categories even those that are not related to elections.