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The Rural Livelihood Development Company (RLDC) is Tanzanian non-profit organization limited by quarantine that actively has been involving in development work in central corridor since 2005.Currently, RLDC works in central corridor regions of Morogoro, Singida, Dodoma and Manyara, Shinyanga and Tabora.

 

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 17:00

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February 19,2014

 

Board Member of the Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA) Gladness Hemed Munuo launching a Gender Based Violence survey report which was conducted in December 2013 in 20 districts of Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar today at the association’s office in Sinza Mori, Dar es Salaam.

The Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA) today February 19,2014, released a Gender Based Violence survey report which was conducted last year in twenty districts of Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar. The report was unveiled to journalist by the association’s board member Gladness Hemedi Munuo today at Sinza – Mori.

The survey is a result of training conducted with the support from UNFPA in which 30 journalists from across the country were sent to the regions to conduct survey.

The report highlights the real situation of GBV in the surveyed areas and factors limiting stakeholders’ efforts to defending women and children rights in the country.

In Tanzania Mainland, the survey was carried out in the following districts and respective regions in brackets; Kahama (Shinyanga), Tarime (Mara), Sengerema (Mwanza), Newala (Mtwara), Mbulu (Manyara), Singida Rural (Singida), Bariadi (Simiyu), Busega (Simiyu), Nkasi (Rukwa), Dodoma (Dodoma), Babati (Manyara), Chunya (Mbeya) and Bunda (Mara) while in Zanzibar, the survey was conducted in six districts from regions of Mjini Magharibi, Kusini Pemba, Kaskazini Pemba, Unguja Kusini and Kaskazini Unguja.

 

For information  Download the report in English version here and Swahili version here

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 16:53

SAUTI YA SITI

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November 30,2014

 

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January 13,2014

 

 

The new Sauti ya Siti magazine has been released with new features, stories and many more....

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March 08, 2015

TAMWA scoops two awards at the International Women’s Day 2015

The Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA) won two awards in recognition of its endless efforts to bring about gender equality and women empowerment in the country.
The awards were presented by Tanzania President Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete to TAMWA’s Acting Director, Gladness Munuo, as part of International Women’s Day marked every year on March 8 to celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action to achieve equality for women.

Nationally, the day was celebrated in Morogoro where TAMWA conducted series of activities such as a presentation on Child Early and Forced Marriage, the provision of legal services and counseling to women, children and gender based violence survivors and engaging the media in publicizing the global event at national level.

The first National Award recognized TAMWA for its outstanding contribution to the awareness raising and prevention of Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation.

TAMWA also emerged an overall winner of awards provided in recognition of contributions towards awareness raising on gender equality and women empowerment.


These awards are a result of the advocacy that TAMWA has been doing in collaboration with international partners DANIDA, UNFPA, UN Women and Ford Foundation and with national partners; the Media, the Child Dignity Forum, the Masanga Centre in Tarime, The Tanzania Ending Child Marriage Network (TECMN), and the Anti-FGM Coalition, the ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children and various other stakeholders working against all forms of GBV in Tanzania.

This is the second time within a span of two weeks that TAMWA’s contribution in fighting for gender equality, women empowerment and the rights of the girl child is recognized. On February 24, the High Commission of Canada presented an award to Executive Director of TAMWA, Valerie Msoka to honor her distinguished contribution to the efforts to end child, early and forced marriage in Tanzania.
The Morogoro event, in which President Kikwete was the Guest of Honour, was also attended by  Hon. Sophia Simba, Minister of Community Development, Gender and Children, government officials, politicians, members of the diplomatic corps,  representatives from UN agencies, funds and programmes, Civil Society representatives, the media and the general public especially women and children.

February 06,2015

MAADHIMISHO YA KUPINGA UKEKETAJI SINGIDA

Chama cha Wanahabari Wanawake nchini (TAMWA) Kimeungana na mashirika mengine yanayopinga vitendo vya ukatili wa kijinsia na kutetea haki za binadamu tarehe 6.02.2015 kuadhimisha siku ya kupinga ukeketaji Duniani ambayo mwaka huu imefanyika kitaifa mkoani Singida.


Lengo la maadhimisho hayo ni kuunganisha nguvu za wabunge, wakuu wa mikoa, polisi, mahakama, viongozi wa dini,waathirika wa vitendo hivyo, wanafunzi walimu,wazee wamila pamoja na ngaribaili kuweka mikakati ya kuondoaukatili huo kutoka asilimia 15 hadi sifuri.
Waziri wa jamii,Jinsia na watoto, Sophia samba alikuwa mgeni rasmikatika maadhimisho hayo yenye kauli mbiu isemayo, piga vita ukeketaji.


Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa TAMWA Valerie Msoka alisema kuwa anaamini ukeketaji unaweza kuisha endapo jamii itapatiwa elimu ya kuondokana na mila kandamizi kwani zinakiuka haki za binadamu na kudhoofisha afya za wasichana na wanawakepia kusababisha vifo vingi

  KUTANO MKUU WA WANACHAMA WA TAMWA (AGM 2014)

 Tembelea ukarasa wa wafacebook kwa picha na maelezo zaidi kuhusiana na Mkutano Mkuu uliofanyika tarehe 29, machi, 2014.

 Bonyenza kitufehapa

Women Coalition On Constitutionalism Rights For Women in Tanzania

December 17,2014

The Coalition of Women and Constitution held a one-day workshop with more than 30 community Radio editors to enhance their understanding of women’s rights issues in the Proposed Constitution.

TAMWA Executive Director, Valerie Msoka, who was one of facilitators, said TAMWA believes the media is a powerful vehicle for social change.

“The proposed constitution has looked at the plight of women in the past 53 years including, discrimitive laws, land issues, gender inequality and outdated culture and traditions and rectified these,” she said.

The coalition is made up of more than  50 Civil Society Organizations and Individual members who are defenders of Human Rights, especially women’s and Children’s rights; these includes Tanzania Media Women Association(TAMWA) Women Fund Tanzania (WFT), Tanzania Women Cross Party (TWCP)-ULINGO, , Tanzania Gender Networking Programme ( TGNP),  Tanzania Women Lawyers(TAWLA),Equality for Growth (EfG), Haki za Wanawake (HAWA), Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange and Consultancy Organization (KWIECO), Shirikisho la Vyama vya Walemavu Tanzania (SHIVYAWATA), Tanzania Union Congress Tanzania (TUCTA), Tumaini Women Development Association (TUWODEA), Women Legal Aid Centre (WLAC), Zanzibar Gender Coalition(ZGC) na Wanawake wanaharakati binafsi.

 

July 19,2014

WOMEN COALITION ON CONSTITUTIONALISM RIGHTS FOR WOMEN MEETS WITH EDITORS

TAMWA Executive Director Ms Valerie Msoka talking to Editors from Tanzania media houses about  Women rights issues to be incorporated in the New Constitution during a meeting  between Women Coalition and editors held at TAMWA Resource Center  at Sinza Mori on Saturday July 19,2014.

 The Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA), in collaboration with the Women Coalition on Women’s Rights and Constitutionalism Rights in Tanzania met with editors from various media houses seeking their support in creating awareness on the women’s agenda in the new constitution. The meeting was held at TAMWA’s office in Dar es Salaam.

The meeting discussed issues that the Women Coalition seeks to address through the constitution, such as conflicting laws, norms and traditions which are affecting women’s access to basic human rights and the existence of discrimination and oppression against women and children, especially the girl child in our society.

 The coalition believes that redressing these issues will ensure that all Tanzanians, women and men, enjoy being part of a democratic society that respects human rights equality for all. This is because a constitution that is gender sensitive is built on principles of equality, dignity and respect for women and men and which will not allow for any form of discrimination and/ or oppression in the society.

 One of the member of Women Coalition in Constitutionalism Rights for Women, Dr Ave Maria Semakafu sharing Women's constitutional agenda that need editors attention during this time of constitution review process.

The Women Coalition also believes that the new constitution has the responsibility to ensure that all its action promotes and geared towards ensuring gender equality and empowering women as a means of achieving Tanzania’s goals of peace and security as well as a sustainable political, economic and social development.

 The Coalition consists of more than fifty organizations and individuals which defend women and human rights in Tanzania such as TAMWA, Equality for Growth (EFG), Tanzania Women Lawyer Association (TAWLA), Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP) and Tanzania Women Cross Party (TWCP-ULINGO).

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 16:40

CRCNEWS

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November 28, 2014

On-going Events This November and December

December 25, 2014 Public rally from Mnazi Mmoja ground to Karimjee hall. Nationally this has been organised by WiLDAF, TAMWA is among the major stakeholders and will fully participate.

This year theme is “OPEN UP! DISCLOSE GENDER BASED VIOLENCE FOR THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY

December 2, 2014 CRC –TAMWA one day education awareness session with Kinondoni and Kitunda-Kivule paralegals at TAMWA conference centre.

December 5,2014 CRC will hold a one day counselling for clients at TAMWA grounds, (counselling will be in a form of group and one by one).(Bring your neighbour, sons and daughters)-We are going to invite a Specialist Counsellor who is going to team with CRC. Click here for more activities.

July 17,2014

 SUMMARY REPORT ON PARALEGAL TRAINING HELD ON 15TH  – 16TH  JULY 2014 AT  TAMWA OFFICE DAR ES SALAAM

 1.  About Training

CRC - TAMWA conducted two days training to twelve Paralegals from Newala, Ruanga,Lindi Rural and  Kinondoni - Dar es salaam.

This took place  on 15th  and 16th July 2014 at TAMWA Conference Room, Sinza Mori.

2.  OBJECTIVES

  • To know their challenges especially in providing Legal Aid services and counselling;
  • To raise awareness on Laws relating to public issues like the ’Marriage Act’, ’Land Law,’ ’Inheritance Law’ etc. and
  • To overcome  challenges and  improve better services.

3. Training Team

The Facilitators for the training were the Excecutive Director of TAMWA, Ms.Valeria Msoka; CRC-Coordinator – TAMWA Ms. Gladness Hemedi Munuo, Social Worker CRC- TAMWA Ms. Marcella Lungu and Legal Officer of CRC – Tamwa Ms.  Loyce Gondwe

4.  Areas Covered

  • Training Objectives;
  • The Law of Marriage Act of 1971;
  • Ward Tribunal and Village Council;
  • Probate Act and administration of the Deceased Estate;
  • Court System;
  • By Laws;
  • How to provide counseling; and
  • General duties and obligation of Paralegals.

July 14,2014

Up coming events this July,2014

  1. Crisis Resolving centre (CRC) will conduct Paralegal Training that will commence on 15th to 16th of July, 2014 at TAMWA Resource Centre where by Paralegals from Kindondoni, Newala, Lindi rural and Ruangwa districts will come together to learn and share legal issues related to Gender based Violence (GBV) facilitated by GEWE II:GBV component project.
  2. Crisis Resolving centre (CRC) provide Legal Aid Services every Monday to Wednesday and is opened at  09:00 AM and closed at 03:00 PM.

20.12.2013

CRISIS RESOLVING CENTRE (CRS)

From January to December 2013 CRC attended a total of 2878 clients for the three districts of Dar es Salaam region. Of these, 2470 were from Kinondoni district, 250 from Ilala district and 158 clients from Temeke district. These cases were on matrimonial disputes, Probate, Child maintenance, child abduction, land disputes, rape and family abandonment.

With TAMWA being recognized in its fight against GBV, the CRC received 30 cases clients from other regions seeking services. These included two young girls who had run away from Hanang’, Arusha to escape FGM and child marriage.

In building the capacity of the response mechanisms, CRC trained police gender desk officer from different police posts in Kinondoni district on handling of domestic violence cases. Another training was conducted for 60 paralegals from Kinondoni, Newala, Ruangwa and Lindi Rural district on handling gender based violence cases in their villages.

On a daily basis CRC has managed to:

1. Support women and children survivors of gender based violence in terms of food, cloths shelter and education.

2. Reunite children with their mothers – those who were forcibly taken from their mothers.

3. Provide capacity building to women to enable them to defend their rights in public.

4. Reach both the perpetrators and survivors of domestic violence/gender based violence and educate them on the rights of women and children and the negative effects of GBV on their children and the society.

5. Protect survivors of domestic violence especially underage girls who were forced to stop school in order to get married.

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 16:36

Member's Achievements

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July 08,2014

Mariam Hamdani and Valerie Msoka are two veteran TAMWANITES who have this year made their mark in Tanzania’s media literary scene.

In a book titled ‘A history of Zanzibar Media – Traditions and Transitions’ Mariam Hamdani and co-authors Ali Rashid and Fatma S. Amour, chronicle the history of media and mass communication development in Zanzibar from time immemorial to-date.

For more information download it.

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 16:26

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March 27,2015

Zaidi ya Wanachama 100 wa Chama cha Wanahabari Wanawake nchini- TAMWA Jumamosi tarehe 28th Machi, 2015 wanafanya Mkutano wake Mkuu wa mwaka 2014 ambapo pamoja na mambo mengine wanachama watapata fursa ya  kutathmini kazi zilizofanyika  mwaka 2014, na utekelezaji wa mpango mkakati wa 2015-2021. Mkutano huo utaanza saa 2:00 asubuhi katika ofisi za chama zilizoko Sinza Mori, Dar es Salaam.

Mkutano huo ulianza na mafunzo Ijumaa tarehe 27th Machi mwaka huu na kuwapa fursa wanachama kujadili mafanikio yaliyopatikana kwenye mpango mkakati wa miaka mitano iliyopita (2009 -2014) pamoja na changamoto zilizojitokeza katika utekelezaji ambapo pia watamchagua Mwenyekiti mpya baada ya aliyekuwepo kumaliza muda wake.

Aidha baada ya mkutano huo wanachama watajumuika pamoja katika hafla ya kuchangia mfuko wa shughuli za TAMWA (Gala Dinner) ambazo ni pamoja na kupiga vita vitendo vyote vya ukatili wa kijinsia kwa wanawake na watoto itakayofanyika jioni katika hoteli ya Serena, jijini Dar es Salaam.

Mkutano mkuu wa TAMWA ndicho chombo cha juu chenye mamlaka ya kurekebisha katiba yake, kuingiza wanachama wapya, kuchagua viongozi, kupitisha ripoti za mwaka na kutoa maamuzi kuhusu mipango na mikakati ya chama kuhusu utetezi.

March 08,2015

Every year March 08, the whole world celebrates women’s day around the world. TAMWA as the largest shareholder of women and children rights has been the forefront duting celebration. TAMWA made various exhibitions as well as provided legal support and advice, in the event the special guest was the president of the Republic of Tanzania honorable Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete accompanied by the Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children honorable Sophia Simba with his deputy, Hon Pindi Chana. TAMWA received two awards that are awareness of gender issues and fight-FGM as well as early marriage. The slogan was ''uwezeshaji wa wanawake tekeleza wakati ni sasa"

February 24,2015

High Commission of Canada honors advocate working to end child marriage

The High Commission of Canada presented an award today to honor a Tanzanian who has made a distinguished contribution to the effort to end child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM).

The High Commissioner of Canada, H.E. Alexandre Lévêque, presented the award to Ms. Valerie Msoka, at a ceremony this afternoon at the Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam.

 The Permanent Secretary for Community Development, Gender, and Children (MCDGC), Ms. Anna Maembe, represented the Government of Tanzania at the ceremony.  Among those in attendance were many of the leaders in the fight against child marriage in Tanzania, along with development partners from UN agencies and foreign diplomatic missions.

Ms. Msoka will carry the title of Champion for CEFM for 2015.  As CEFM Champion, Ms. Msoka will take part in a range of outreach activities across Tanzania over the next year.  She will travel to Canada, to meet Canadian government officials and civil society representatives supporting the fight to end CEFM.

High Commissioner Lévêque applauded the tireless efforts of the scores of women and men working to end CEFM.  He said today’s award is designed to highlight the need for advocacy.

“The girls and women who have borne the burden of child, early, and forced marriage need to have their stories told,” said High Commissioner Lévêque.  “Here, and around the world, these girls and women need an advocate:  a champion who can tell their stories, and help bring people together to change things for the better.  Valerie Msoka will be that advocate.  I am proud to name her the High Commission of Canada’s CEFM Champion for Tanzania.”

The High Commissioner said Ms. Msoka’s work will support the efforts by Tanzania’s government, civil society, UN Women, the UNFPA, and development partners.

February 24,2015

Mafunzo kwa Waandishi wa Habari:
Chama cha Wanahabari Wanawake Tanzania-TAMWA kwa kushirikian na Shirika linalo hudumia Idadi ya Watu UNFPA Kinatoa mafunzo ya siku tatu kuhusiana na kuandika habari za uchunguzi wa unyanyasaji wa kijinsia.Mafunzo hayo yanaendelea kutolewa kwa waandishi wa habari mapema tarehe 23 hadi Tarehe 25 Februari mwaka huu katika kanda tatu nchini Tanzania.
Mafunzo katika kanda ya Kaskazini yatajumuisha mikoa ya Arusha, Manyara Tanga na Kilimanjaro na yatafanyika mjini Moshi mkoani Kilimanjaro. Katika Kanda ya Kati, waandishi wa habari watatoka mikoa ya Dodoma, Morogoro, Singida na Tabora ambapo mafunzo yatafanyika mjini Singida. Mafunzo katika Nyanda za Juu Kusini yatajumuisha mikoa ya Iringa, Mbeya, Njombe na Ruvuma na yatafanyika mjini Iringa

February 10,2015

Commemoration Zero Tolerance of the FGM

The Minister of Community Development, Gender and Children (MCDGC) Hon. Sophia Simba on 10th February signed the Girl Summit Charter on behalf of the Government of Tanzania as part of the 2015 Zero Tolerance of the FGM day commemoration.

The event by the MCDGC follows the June 2014 Girl Summit held in London, as well Tanzania’s effort to end FGM and child marriage. Notably, the National FGM Forum held 6 and 7 February 2015 in Singida by MCDGC, TAMWA and UNFPA, as well as the launch of the national campaign against child marriage entitled Child Marriage-Free Zone in August 2014. All these events have highlighted that ending child marriage and FGM are national priorities.

 

During the signing Minister Sophia Simba emphasized that, "the government of the United Republic of Tanzania is fully committed to ensure that FGM comes to an end so that our girls can enjoy their happy life free from lifelong psychological and health stress which the cut girls endure. Also as a country, we will ensure that no girl will be married before eighteen especially after our new 2014 proposed constitution is approved and all discriminatory laws are repealed. I urge all ministries and agencies, CSOs and other stakeholders including politicians to make ending FGM and child marriage their priority agenda".

Speaking at the signing event, Dr. Natalia Kanem the UNFPA Representative noted that: “The momentum is building! We already have so much evidence of the fact that the public opinion in Tanzania is against child marriage, and FGM is against the law. The young women and men in Tanzania are counting on future leaders to bravely stand up for what is right. With strong leadership eradicating the practices can be achieved in just a short few years.”

The British High Commissioner to Tanzania, Ms. Dianna Melrose, welcomed the signing and noted that: “The Girl Summit has achieved unprecedented levels of public engagement and support to end child marriage and FGM, it is great to see Tanzania adding its voice to these efforts and reinforcing the message that FGM and child marriage are not acceptable in any part of this country.  Working together we can bring an end to these practices and ensure that all Tanzanian girls are able to fulfill their full potential free from violence.”

Tanzania has one of the highest child marriage prevalence rates in the world; almost two out of five Tanzanian girls will be married before their 18th birthday. While the FGM practice continues notably in Manyara, Arusha, Dodoma, Singida and Mara regions.

 

December 03,2014

Launch of Campaign Against Sextortion

A nationwide campaign to end sexual exploitation was launched in Dar es Salaam as part of the activities to mark the 16 Days of Activism against GBV.

Launching the campaign in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzania Vice President's wife, Mama Asha Bilal, called upon victims of ‘sextortion’ to come forward and report to responsible authorities reminding them that silence fuels the illegal practice.

Sextortion which is a combination of words sex and extortion is a form of GBV that employs non-physical forms of coercion to extort sexual favours from the victim.

Mama Bilal told the audience at the Leaders’s Club grounds that sextortion is a form of corruption where people in positions of authority such as government officials, teachers, doctors and law enforcement personnel seek sexual favours in exchange for a service that is within their authority to grant or withhold.

She said that the campaign aims at fighting against sexual abuse at the workplace and in schools and institutions of higher education.

The Coalition against Sextortion (CAS), formed in May 2014, is chaired by the Tanzania Women Judges Association(TAWJA) and co-chaired by the Women Fund Tanzania(WFT) and brings together a number of Human and Women and Children Rights organizations such as TAMWA,TGNP, TAWLA, WLAC and TUCTA with the objective of breaking the silence on sextortion through awareness raising and evidence based advocacy

The co-chairperson of CAS Ruth Meena said the campaign will bring to light the suffering brought on by sexual harassment both in terms of emotional abuse and in the lack of concern by judiciary.

The Tanzania Media Women Association (Tamwa) reports that an estimated 75 to 89 per cent of women in Tanzania have experienced some form of sexual harassment.

 

November 25,2014

16 Days of Gender Activism

 The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign that starts on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. The campaign hopes to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level. This year’s theme is ”Let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women”

TAMWA has seen the need of training 30 Photojournalists with Interest of vanishing gender based violence. This Training of 30 photo journalists from different regions in Tanzania is going along with the 16 Days of Gender Activism and also exhibiting photos that have a theme of gender violence. The photo exhibition is taking place in the National Museum with duration of two days 25th and 26th of Nov 2014.

The main objective of TAMWA is to convey information by the use of picture. It is widely known that a well taken photo speaks thousand words so every picture will transmit different messages.

November 20,2014

9TH AFRICA REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE 20 YEAR REVIEW OF THE BEIJING DECLARATION AND PLATFORM FOR ACTION

 

Press Release: Governments Must Re-Dedicate to Women’s & Girls’ Rights Commitments.

August 26,2014

The National Ending Child Marriage Campaign launched in Dar es Salaam

Graça Machel speaking at the launch of the National Ending Child Marriage campaign in Dar es Salaam

The Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA), Graça Machel Trust (GMT), Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF) and the Tanzania Ending Child Marriage Network (TECMN) launched a National Ending Child Marriage campaign branded “Child Marriage Free Zone”.

The campaign is aimed at strengthening national dynamics for ending child marriage and ensuring that girls in the country get their rights.

Graca Machel, founder of the Graca Machel Trust, launched the campaign and said the fact that Tanzania was in the frontline in the African liberation against colonialists, it should also take the lead in the fight against gender violence.

She said the on-going constitutional making in Tanzania is an opportunity to review and redress oppressive laws on women and children.

She called for better strategies in devising the type of messages and activities that are used in the fight against child marriage saying communities are not homogenous and that what might work in Mwanza will not necessarily work in Iringa.

Ms Machel added that for a long time the focus has been on the community as a whole while ignoring the fact that it is the mother and father who play an important role in child marriage process.

Retired, Third phase President, Benjamin Mkapa   who was also in attendance said girls have constitutional rights that ought to be protected and that leaders must respect and observe girls’ rights.

The Minister of Community Development, Gender and Children Minister, Sophia Simba welcomed participants to the launch and said that child marriage is a cross cutting issue and  the government in its efforts to fight child marriage the has been implementing the Maputo Protocol which recognizes a child as a person who is below 18 years.

MS Simba added that the government has put in place numerous initiatives to save girls and women including the 2015 vision that incorporated gender equality as a national priority issue. Others are the child the policy of 2009 and Sexual Offences Special Provision Act (SOSPA) of 1998.

The campaign will initially focus on Tarime district, Mara region and the experience gained will be used in the fight against child marriage in Tanzania.

Tanzania is among 20 leading countries in child marriage cases with statistics showing that for every five girls, two are married under the age of 18.

Ending Child Marriage is among  TAMWA’s strategies against Gender Based Violence.

 

March 28, 2014

TAMWA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD AT TAMWA RESOURCE CENTRE

 Members of the Tanzania Media Women’s Association- TAMWA today 28th March, 2014 begun its Annual General Meeting- (AGM), which among other things they had  an opportunity to discuss the implementation of its Strategic Plan for the next five years from 2015 to 2021.

 The meeting which took place at its office in Sinza Mori Dar es Salaam, reviewed the progress made in the past five years from 2009-2014 as well as the challenges faced in the implementation of the Strategic Plan ending in 2014.

Every TAMWA member was provided with 2009-2014 Strategic plan Evaluation form to fill their views on the performance, success and challenges encountered during 2009-2014 Strategic plan implementation over past six years.

Also they had an opportunity to go through new TAMWA strategic plan development processes to prepare themselves for the actual TAMWA Strategic plan for 2015-2021 development scheduled to commence in June 2014.

TAMWA Annual General Meeting is the highest organ body which makes the final decisions of the organisation which includes operational planning and approval of its Annual Report.

March 08,2014

TAMWA AND INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2014

As the world marks international women’s day, The Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA) also reflects on its journey in bringing the issues of Women onto the national agenda.

The International Women's Day is traditionally a day when women of the world unite to celebrate achievements and protest injustices against women. The day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action to achieve equality for women.

For TAMWA, each year marks a step against inequality which started in 1987 when twelve women journalists who strongly opposed the way media portrayed women and the way women were treated in the media houses, joined hands to remedy the situation.

Through the years, the realization grew that it was not only media women who were discriminated, undermined, under-represented and sexually harassed, it was in every sphere of society. So, TAMWA joined the national and international fight for against injustices and for gender equality.

Today the organization has grown to more than 100 members and TAMWA continues to educate, raise awareness and facilitate both women and men on their rights, especially those of women and the girl child.

TAMWA does this through its media advocacy because it believes that the media plays a crucial role in changing people’s attitudes. By working closely with media houses, editors and journalists through meetings and trainings, TAMWA has contributed variously to the transformation of the Tanzania society.

Over the last 20 years, through the use of media, TAMWA has succeeded in creating and intensifying awareness and mobilising for action on issues related to gender-based violence such as wife battery, killing of elderly women due to witchcraft beliefs, rape, FGM, child marriage, early pregnancies, women visibility in decision making as well as alleviating poverty amongst women. The struggle for women special seats went hand in hand with the enactment of the popular law on sexual harassment namely the Sexual Offences Special provision Act (SOSPA) of 1998 for which TAMWA was instrumental.

Each year, TAMWA uses the International Women’s Day to highlight issues that need action and celebrate what has been achieved. And this year’s theme "Inspiring change" amply reflects what TAMWA has done through the years - the growing awareness of the need for women's equal participation at all levels and every sphere of the society as well as a united voice against gender based violence.

For years, TAMWA has been celebrating the International Women’s Day by participating in number of TV and radio programmes, exhibition, presentations and articles in the print media all aimed at creating awareness to the Tanzanian society including policy makers on the need to change the policies that undermine women in the country.

In 2014, TAMWA celebrates the 200 journalists trained in the past year on reporting GBV and gender sensitive reporting, the 400 girls who ran away from undergoing FGM, of the men who take up action against women and children being abused, the families it has reconciled and cases it has assisted through its Crisis Resolving Centre.

Most importantly, TAMWA celebrates the fact that through its media advocacy women have participated in the historic constitutional making process and that the Constitutional Assembly includes 100 women and 101 men from Civil Society Organisations, learning institutions and religious bodies. It is a gain against inequality worth celebrating.

 TAMWA in collaboration with Gender Equality and Women Empowerment GEWE II: GBV Component partners have met with Tanzania Mainland Editors today, 31st August 2013 at TAMWA Resource Centre, Sinza Mori to launch Journalist Guide to GBV reporting.

TAMWA has also urged editors to support TAMWA campaign against gender based violence cases in Tanzania that has largely affected Women and Children.

The manual will guide journalists in the investigation GBV cases and best ways to report GBV issues/cases affecting women and children.

 Click here to Download your English and Swahili copies

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:12

PRESS RELEASE

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March 27,2015

TAARIFA KWA VYOMBO VYA HABARI

MKUTANO MKUU WA TAMWA 2014 JUMAMOSI

Zaidi ya Wanachama 100 wa Chama cha Wanahabari Wanawake nchini- TAMWA Jumamosi tarehe 28th Machi, 2015 wanafanya Mkutano wake Mkuu wa mwaka 2014 ambapo pamoja na mambo mengine wanachama watapata fursa ya  kutathmini kazi zilizofanyika  mwaka 2014, na utekelezaji wa mpango mkakati wa 2015-2021. Mkutano huo utaanza saa 2:00 asubuhi katika ofisi za chama zilizoko Sinza Mori, Dar es Salaam.

Mkutano huo utakaoanza na mafunzo Ijumaa tarehe 27th Machi mwaka huu utawapa fursa wanachama kujadili mafanikio yaliyopatikana kwenye mpango mkakati wa miaka mitano iliyopita (2009 -2014) pamoja na changamoto zilizojitokeza katika utekelezaji ambapo pia watamchagua Mwenyekiti mpya baada ya aliyekuwepo kumaliza muda wake.

Aidha Siku ya Jumamosi baada ya mkutano huo wanachama watajumuika pamoja katika hafla ya kuchangia mfuko wa shughuli za TAMWA (Gala Dinner) ambazo ni pamoja na kupiga vita vitendo vyote vya ukatili wa kijinsia kwa wanawake na watoto itakayofanyika jioni katika hoteli ya Serena, jijini Dar es Salaam.

Mkutano mkuu wa TAMWA ndicho chombo cha juu chenye mamlaka ya kurekebisha katiba yake, kuingiza wanachama wapya, kuchagua viongozi, kupitisha ripoti za mwaka na kutoa maamuzi kuhusu mipango na mikakati ya chama kuhusu utetezi.

Valerie N. Msoka

Mkurugenzi Mtendaji

PRESS RELEASE

TAMWA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2014.

Over 100 TAMWA members will on Saturday, 28th March, 2015 sit for Annual General Meeting (AGM) and among other things get an opportunity to evaluate the 2014 performance and the implementation of the 2015-2021 strategic plan. The meeting will begin at 8.00am at its offices Sinza Mori, Dar es Salaam.

The AGM which will begin with a seminar on Friday, 27th March this year shall give members an opportunity to discuss the progress made in the last five years of strategic plan (2009-2014) and the challenges occurred during the implementation and chart the way forward for betterment of the association. They will also elect the new chairperson for the organisation as the current chairperson’s term has ended as per TAMWA’s constitution.

Furthermore on Saturday after their AGM, members shall converge together in the Fundraising for the TAMWA activities (Gala Dinner) that includes the fight against all acts of Violence Against Women and Children which will be held in the evening at Serena Hotel, Dar es Salaam.

The AGM is the supreme organ of TAMWA which among other things, amend its constitution, admits new members, appoint new leaders, approves the Annual and Financial Audited reports of the previous work and also make decisions about programs and strategies on advocacy.

Valerie N. Msoka

Executive Director

March 20,2015

 

 

TAMWA KUKUTANA NA WAHARIRI KUJADILI UKATILI UNAOSABABISHWA NA ULEVI WA POMBE KUPINDUKIA

Na Mwandishi wetu.

Chama cha Wanahabari Wanawake nchini- TAMWA leo tarehe 20 Machi, 2015 saa 3:00 asubuhi kinakutana na Wahariri wa vyombo vya habari mbalimbali kujadili mikakati kwa kutumia vyombo vya habari ili kupunguza vitendo vya ukatili wa kijinsia vinavyosababishwa na unywaji pombe kupindukia.

Mkutano huo wa TAMWA na Wahariri utajadili njia zitakazotumika kwa jamii ili kuweka uelewa wa madhara ya unywaji pombe kupindukia kwani unachangia ongezeko la vitendo vya ukatili wa kijinsia kwa wanawake na watoto na kurudisha maendeleo nyuma.

Akizungumza; Mratibu wa Kituo cha Usuluhishi – CRC kilichoko ndani ya TAMWA Bi. Gladness Munuo amesema kwa mwaka mzima wa 2014,  kilipokea kesi 107 za vitendo vya ukatili wa kijinsia vilivyosababishwa na ulevi wa pombe kupindukia ambapo kati ya hizo wanawake walikuwa 80, wanaume 22 na watoto walikuwa ni watano.

Aidha katika mkutano huo; Wahariri watajadili mbinu jinsi ya kukuza uelewa wa jamii juu ya madhara ya unywaji pombe kutokana na kuwa baadhi ya wanaume wamekuwa wakitelekeza familia zao na kuacha wanawake wakihangaika na watoto.

Akizungumza na  mwandishi wetu, Bi. Munuo alisema vyombo vya Habari vikitumika katika kutoa elimu ya madhara ya unywaji pombe hasa kwa ukatili ambao umekuwa ukifanywa kimya kimya vinaweza kuleta mabadiliko makubwa ya kimaendeleo ndani ya jamii

Bi Munuo aliutaja ukatili unaofanywa kimya kimya kuwa ni wa kingono, ubakaji na vipigo ambao unafanyika ndani ya familia huku idadi ya wanawake na watoto kutelekezwa ikiendelea kuongezeka.
Aidha baadhi ya wanandoa wamekuwa wakitumia kilevi kupindukia na kusababisha wengine kushindwa kuwahudumia watoto wao ki - afya, kukosa chakula na mahitaji mengine kama ada za shule hali ambayo husababisha taifa kupoteza nguvu kazi. Mkutano huo ni mwendelezo wa mikakati ya kupinga vitendo vya ukatili unaosababishwa na  nywaji pombe kupindukia katika kukuza uelewa wa jamii ili kuwezesha kutoa taarifa za matukio hayo pamoja na madhara ya kiafya na maendeleo kupitia Habari, vipindi vya redio na televisheni.

 

February 24,2015

TAARIFA KWA VYOMBO VYA HABARI

UBALOZI WA KANADA KUMTUNUKU MKURUGENZI MTENDAJI WA TAMWA    KUWA BALOZI WA KUPINGA NDOA ZA UTOTONI

Ubalozi wa Canada nchini Tanzania kwa mara ya kwanza utamkabidhi Muurugenzi Mtendaji wa Chama cha Wanahabari Wanawake (TAMWA), Valerie Msoka kuwa balozi wa kampeni ya kupinga ndoa za utotoni (CEFM).

Kwa mujibu wa Ubalozi huo, tukio hilo litafanyika leo, Februari 24, 2015 katika hoteli ya Serena jijini Dar es Salaam kuanzia saa 8 mchana. Hafla hiyo itahudhuriwa, miongoni mwa watu wengine, na Katibu Mkuu Wizara ya maendeleo ya Jamii, Jinsia na Watoto, Anna Maembe, Balozi wa Canada nchini Tanzania, Alexandre Lévêque, Msaidizi wa Balozi wa Canada anayehusika na masuala ya kisiasa, Eric Bertram, na wawakilishi wa Umoja wa Mataifa na vyombo vya habari.

CEFM inatambua mchango uliotolewa na mtu ambaye ametumia jitihada na muda wake mwingi katika kutetea haki za watoto na ambaye amekuwa akiunga mkono harakati za kuhakikisha taifa letu linakua mahali salama kwa watoto hasa watoto wa kike katika kizazi cha sasa na kijacho.

Kutokana na uzoefu wake wa kupigania haki za biandamu hasa haki za wanawake na watoto, Valerie, ameifanya TAMWA kuwa jina la kukumbukwa katika kuleta usawa na haki za wanawake na watoto. Majukumu yake ya hivi karibuni ni pamoja na:

Mbunge katika Bunge Maalum la Katiba: Alifikisha masuala ya ndoa za utotoni nchini Tanzania katika bunge hilo na haja ya kuingiza umri wa motto unaotambulika kisheria katika katiba. Hii ilisababisha kamati za Bunge hilo kupendekeza umri wa motto kikatiba kuanzia 0 hadi miaka 18.

Mjumbe wa Kamati ya Uandishi ya Bunge Maalum la Katiba: Aliweza kutetea masuala ya usawa ndani ya kamati ikiwa ni pamoja na haki ya kumlinda mtoto wa kike na wanawake dhidi yya mila potofu ikiwa ni pamoja na ndoa za utotoni, ukeketaji, haki ya kumiliki ardhi na uongozi.

Mjumbe wa Mtandao wa Kupinga Ndoa za Utotoni Tanzania (TECMN): Aliwezesha kuundwa kwa ukanda huru wa kukomesha ndoa za utotoni nchini Tanzania (Agosti 2014) kwa kuwa mwezeshaji wa tukio hilo jijini Dar es salaam mbele ya rais wa zamani wa Tanzania Benjamin Mkapa, Waziri wa Maendeleo ya Jamii, Jinsia na Watoto,  Sophia Simba, mgeni rasmi Graca Machel, wakuu wa Balozi mbalimbali nchini na mashirika ya Umoja wa Mataifa.

Kutambuliwa kwake kuwa Balozi wa Kampeni ya Kupinga Ndoa za Utotoni, kutaleta hamasa zaidi na kumfanya kuongeza jitihada, nguvu na kutoa muda wake zaidi katika kutetea haki za watoto nchini Tanzania.

Valerie N. Msoka

Mkurugenzi Mtendaji

 

February 22,2015

TAARIFA KWA VYOMBO VYA HABARI

MAFUNZO KWA WAANDISHI WA HABARI

Chama cha Wanahabari Wanawake Tanzania-TAMWA kwa kushirikian na Shirika linalo hudumia Idadi ya Watu UNFPA Kinatoa mafunzo ya siku tatu kuhusiana na kuandika habari za uchunguzi wa unyanyasaji wa kijinsia.Mafunzo hayo yatatolewa kwa waandishi wa habari mapema tarehe 23 hadi Tarehe 25 Februari mwaka huu  katika kanda tatu nchini Tanzania.

Mafunzo katika kanda ya Kaskazini yatajumuisha mikoa ya Arusha, Manyara Tanga na Kilimanjaro na yatafanyika mjini Moshi mkoani Kilimanjaro. Katika Kanda ya Kati, waandishi wa habari watatoka mikoa ya Dodoma, Morogoro, Singida na Tabora ambapo mafunzo yatafanyika mjini Singida. Mafunzo katika Nyanda za Juu Kusini yatajumuisha mikoa ya Iringa, Mbeya, Njombe na Ruvuma na yatafanyika mjini Iringa.

Miongoni mwa vitendo vya ukatili wa kijinsia ni pamoja na ubakaji,wanawake kurithiwa, watoto wa kike kulazimishwa kuolewa na ukeketaji kwa wawanamke na watoto.

Aidha TAMWA kupitia mradi yake imeweza Kujenga na Kuimarisha Usawa na Kutokomeza Ukatili wa Kijinsia  kwa kutumia vyombo vya habari nchini. Imekuwa ikielimisha jamii namna ya kutambua ukatili wa kijinsia na madhara yake na kuitaka serikali na vyombo vya sheria kuweka mikakati itakayowezesha kuutokomeza.

TAMWA imesisitiza kuwa kama jamii na serikali hawatashirikiana kikamilifu kushughulikia vitendo vya ukatili wa kijinsia, itakuwa ni vigumu kutokomeza vitendo hivyo.

TAMWA inaamini kuwa endapo jamii itatoa taarifa mapema dhidi ya vitendo vya ukatili kwa wanawake na watoto pale vinapotokea, ingesaidia kuhakikisha vinashughulikiwa ipasavyo na hivyo kupungua kwa haraka na hatimaye kutokomezwa kabisa.

Valerie N. Msoka

Mkurugenzi Mtendaji

 

February 06,2015

TAARIFA KWA VYOMBO VYA HABARI

TAMWA KUAZIMISHA SIKU YA UKEKETAJI MKOANI SINGIDA LEO

Chama cha Wanahabari Wanawake nchini – TAMWA kinaungana na mashirika mengine yanayopinga vitendo vya ukatili wa kijinsia na kutetea haki za binadamu leo tarehe 6 mwezi wa pili, 2015 saa 2:00 asubuhi kuadhimisha siku ya Kitaifa ya kupinga ukeketaji duniani ambayo mwaka huu kilele kitafanyika mkoani Singida.

Maadhimisho hayo yatakayofanyika katika ukumbi wa Katala Beach Hotel (KBH) mjini Singida yanahusisha mikoa yote iliyoathirika na ukeketaji  ili kuunganisha nguvu za wabunge, wakuu wa mikoa, polisi, mahakimu, viongozi wa dini, mashirika yasiyo ya kiserikali, mashirika ya Umoja wa Mataifa, mashirkia ya kimaendeleo, wahanga wa vitendo hivyo, wanafunzi, walimu, wazee wa mila pamoja na ng’ariba ili kuweka mikakati ya kuondoa ukatili huo kutoka asilimia 15 hadi sifuri.

Mgeni rasmi katika maadhimisho hayo ni Mh. Sophia Simba huku kauli mbiu ikiwa ni “Piga vita ukeketaji”  maadhimisho yanafanyika katika kipindi ambacho wanawake na wasichana zaidi ya 1,500 nchini hukeketwa kila msimu, hivyo yatajenga nguvu ya pamoja ili kuhakikisha vitendo hivyo vinapungua kama siyo kuisha kabisa.

TAMWA inaamini kuwa ukeketaji unaweza kuisha endapo jamii itapatiwa elimu ya kuondokana na mila kandamizi kwani zinakiuka haki za binadamu na kudhoofisha afya za wasichana na wanawake, kutokwa damu nyingi kwa wanaokeketwa  na hadi kusababisha kifo, madhara ambayo hurudisha nyuma juhudi za kimaendeleo ya familia na taifa kwa ujumla.

Aidha TAMWA kwa ufadhili wa Shirika la Umoja wa Mataifa Linaloshughulikia Idadi ya Watu Duniani  (UNFPA), shirika ambalo limekuwa mstari wa mbele katika kutetea haki za watoto wa kike, imekuwa ikipinga vitendo vya ukatili wa kijinsia kwa wanawake na watoto ukiwemo ukeketaji kwa kuelimisha jamii ili iondokane na mila hizo hasa katika mikoa ya Mara, Manyara, Dodoma, Singida, Arusha, Morogoro, Kilimanjaro na Tanga.

 

Valerie Msoka

Murugenzi Mtendaji

 

December 10, 2014

TAARIFA KWA VYOMBO VYA HABARI

UTAFITI WA UNYANYASAJI KWA MAENDELEO YA MWANAMKE NA TAIFA

Chama cha Wanahabari Wanawake nchini-TAMWA kikishirikiana na mashirika mengine manne ya kutetetea haki za wanawake na watoto , leo kinazindua ripoti ya utafiti kuhusu uelewa wa jamii juu ya ukatili wa kijinsia kwa wanawake na watoto katika ofisi zake za Sinza Mori, Dar es Salaam saa 3 asubuhi.

Ripoti ya Utafiti huo uliofanyika katika wilaya 10 zikiwemo 3 za visiwani ambazo ni (Pemba Kaskazini), Magharibi (Unguja  Mjini Magharibi), Unguja Kusini na 7 za Tanzania Bara ambazo ni pamoja na Kisarawe (Pwani), Newala (Mtwara ), Mvomero (Morogoro), Lindi  vijijini, Ruangwa (Mtwara), Kinondoni na Ilala, Dar es Salaam itatoa matokeo baada ya kumalizika kwa mradi huo unaojulikana kama (GEWE II)

Aidha kutokana na Utafiti mkubwa wa Hali ya Afya Tanzania (Demographic Health Survey)  uliofanyika mwaka  2010 umeonyesha kuwa, vitendo  vya unyanyasaji wa kijinsia kwa wanawake wenye umri kati ya miaka 15-49 umeongezeka  kutoka asilimia 33% miaka ya nyuma hadi kufikia asilimia asilimia 44% mwaka 2010.

TAMWA inaamini kuwa utafiti huu uliofadhiliwa na Ubalozi wa Denmark nchini Tanzania utasaidia kuendelea kufichua hali halisi ya vitendo vya unyanyasaji kwa wanawake na watoto  vikiwemo, ukeketaji, ubakaji, vipigo kwa wanawake, mimba katika umri mdogo na vingine kama hivyo ambavyo vimekuwa vikimkwamisha mwanamke katika kuboresha maendeleo yake ya kijamii na kiuchumi.

TAMWA, katika utafiti huu imeshirikiana mashirika ya Mtandao wa Kijinsia Tanzania-TGNP, Chama cha Wanasheria Wanawake-TAWLA,  Jumuiya ya WanawakeWanasheria Zanzibar (ZAFELA), na Kituo Cha Usuhishi-CRC ambayo pia yalishirikiana katika kutekeleza mradi huo.

 

Valerie N. Msoka

Mkurugenzi Mtendaji

 

PRESS RELEASE

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE SURVEY ON WOMEN AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) in collaboration with other four organizations that advocate for the rights of women and children, will today 10th December, 2014 launch a survey report on the community’s awareness of Gender Based Violence as perpetrated against children and women. The launch will take place at TAMWA’s office, Sinza Mori, Dar es Salaam.

The report was conducted in 10 districts among which include 3 in Zanzibar (Pemba North, Unguja West and Unguja South) and 7 from Mainland Tanzania namely Kisarawe (Cost), Newala (Mtwara ), Mvomero (Morogoro), Lindi  Urban, Ruangwa (Mtwara), Kinondoni and Ilala (Dar es Salaam ). The findings of the study come following the completion of GEWE II Project.

In addition, according to the 2010 Demographic Health Survey, incidents of Gender Based Violence increased from 33% previously to 44% in 2010 among women of the age between 15 and 49. As a follow up on the existed situation and interventions made through GEWE II project which was therefore relevant and appropriate.

TAMWA believes that the Survey will contribute to the establishment of the context of Gender Based Violence against women and children in the country. The incidents of GBV in the society include Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), rape, beating, early pregnancy among others which hinder women social and economic development.

The survey was conducted by TAMWA in collaboration with other organizations including TGNP Mtandao, Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA), Zanzibar Female Lawyers Association (ZAFELA), Crisis Resolving Center (CRC) which have all been implementing GEWE II project which is supported by Danish Embassy in Tanzania.

 

Valerie N. Msoka

Executive Director

 

December 01,2014

TAARIFA KWA VYOMBO VYA HABARI

SIKU YA UKIMWI DUNIANI IADHIMISHWE KWA KUPINGA UKATILI KIJINSIA

Chama cha Wanahabari Wanawake Tanzania-TAMWA kinaungana na watanzania wote kuadhimisha siku ya Ukimwi Duniani ambayo hufanyika tarehe 1 Desemba kila mwaka, kikiitaka jamii kuvichukulia hatua vitendo vya unyanyasaji kijinsia ambavyo huchangia ongezeka la maambukizi ya Virusi Vinavyosababisha UKIMWI (VVU).

Miongoni mwa ukatili unaochangia ongezeko la VVU ni pamoja na ubakaji, wanawake kurithiwa, watoto wa kike kulazimishwa kuolewa na ukeketaji vitendo ambavyo hufanyika kwa wawanamke na watoto kwa kulazimishwa bila kujali hiari ya mtu husika.

Tafiti zinasema kuwa 5.1% ya Watanzania wenye umri kati ya miaka 15-49 wanaishi na VVU. Maambukizi ya VVU ni makubwa na kati ya hao wanawake ni 6.2% na wanaume ni 3.8% katika Tanzania Bara, kiwango cha maambukizi ya VVU ni miongoni mwa wanawake na wanaume wenye umri kati ya miaka 15-49 ambapo yamepungua kutoka 7.0% mwaka 2003-04 na 5.3% katika mwaka 2011-12.

TAMWA imesisitiza kuwa kama jamii na serikali havitashirikiana kikamilifu kushughulikia vitendo vya ukatili kijinsia kisheria, kauli mbiu ya mwaka huu ya Tanzania Bila Maambukizi Mpya ya VVU, Vifo Vitokanavyo na UKIMWI na Ubaguzi na Unyanyapaa Inawezekana haitaweza kufanikiwa.

Aidha TAMWA kupitia mradi wake wa Kujenga na Kuimarisha Usawa na Kutokomeza Ukatili wa Kijinsia (GEWE II) kwa kutumia vyombo vya habari nchini kimekuwa kikielimisha jamii namna ya kutambua ukatili wa kijinsia na madhara yake na kuitaka serikali na vyombo vya sheria kuweka mikakati itakayowezesha kuutokomeza.

TAMWA inaamini kuwa endapo jamii itavitolea taarifa mapema vitendo vya ukatili kwa wanawake na watoto pale vinapotokea na kuhakikisha vikavishughulikiwa ipasavyo, maambukizi ya UKIMWI yanaweza kupungua kwa haraka.

Valerie N. Msoka

Mkurugenzi Mtendaji

 

PRESS RELEASE

LETS COMMEMORATE WOLRD AIDS DAY WHILE FIGHTING GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Tanzania Media Women Organization (TAMWA) joins Tanzanians to commemorate World AIDS Day which is annually commemorated on 1st December where as it calls on members of the community to take collective initiative against gender based violence acts which contribute to spread of HIV/AIDS.

Among the acts which contribute to spread of HIV include rape, inheriting women, forced marriage, Female Genital Mutilation among others. Most of people subjected to such acts are women, girls and children.

According to the third Tanzania HIV and Malaria Indicator Survey 2011 – 2012 (THMIS III), overall, 5.1% of Tanzanians age 15-49 are HIV-positive. HIV prevalence is higher among women (6.2%) than among men (3.8%). In Mainland Tanzania, HIV prevalence among women and men age 15-49 has decreased from 7.0% in the 2003-04 to 5.3% in the 2011-12.

TAMWA believes that if the government and people in the society are not cooperative to each other in the fight against GBV this year’s theme “Tanzania without new HIV infections, Deaths caused by HIV/AIDS, Discrimination and Stigma is possible” cannot be realized.

However, TAMWA’s Anti Gender Based Violence (GBV) programme of Building and Strengthening Gender Equality and Eradication of Violence against Women and Children (GEWE II) through the media has been providing education on the awareness of gender based violence acts and their effects calling on the government and legal organs to put in place strategies that would alleviate such acts.

TAMWA believes that if incidents of Gender Base Violence on women and children are timely reported and legal action taken against perpetrators spread of HIV will be equally reduced.

Valerie N. Msoka

Executive Director

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:07

Fact Sheet

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November 30, 2014

School pregnancy or sometimes regarded as teenage pregnancy occur in girls who have not completed their primary or secondary school and have few or no remarkable skills, are financially dependent upon their parents and/or continues to live at home and are often immature. Teenage pregnancies remain a serious problem in Tanzania. It is estimated that at the age of seventeen or of eighteen 39%, of all females are either pregnant or already mothers

About one in 20 girls in Tanzania began child-bearing at the age of 15 years, and this rises sharply to one in four among 17 year olds. Girls in rural areas are almost twice as likely as girls in urban areas to start childbearing before they reach 19 years. More than half of girls with no education are mothers or pregnant before they reach 19 years, compared with about 25 per cent of those who completed primary school and less than five per cent of girls who attended secondary school. Open links below to read more..

 Swahili version!   English version!

 

July 23,2014

The newly released Fact sheet in this month, July 2014. Fact Sheet!

 Worldwide, it is estimated that 51 million girls younger than 18 are child brides. The majority of early marriages occur in West and East Africa and South Asia. Over the next decade, another 100 million girls will face early marriages.

Tanzania has one of the highest child marriage prevalence rates in the world. On average, almost two out of five girls will be married before their 18th birthday. In 2010, about 37% of the women aged 20-24 were married/in union before age 18. Data shows a 10% decline since 2004 (41%).

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:05

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