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PRESS REALISE :LETS COMMEMORATE WOLRD AIDS DAY

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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

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