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Tanzania: More Than 800 Girls Appeal to Govt to End Teenage Pregnancy

Tanzania: More Than 800 Girls Appeal to Govt to End Teenage Pregnancy

More than 800 girls have asked the government to end early pregnancy and implement the High Court ruling, which struck off some sections of the Law of Marriage Act, 1971 which allows marriage of children below the age of 18. The girls from five regions – Mwanza, Shinyanga, Morogoro, Dodoma and Dar es Salaam – […]

Chadema Women’s Wing To Sue Government

Chadema Women’s Wing To Sue Government

Gender and human rights activists in collaboration with Chadema’s Women Wing (Bawacha) plan to file a case against the government on what they call the breach of the Constitution and regulations by some government leaders led by President John Magufuli. Speaking during a press conference in the city yesterday, Bavicha national chairperson Halima Mdee expressed […]

They Should Not Be Denied The Right To Education

They Should Not Be Denied The Right To Education

Between the ages of 14 and 16, Imani, from Mwanza, Tanzania, walked more than an hour and a half every morning to reach her secondary school. She would often be punished for arriving late, but she never lost hope – holding on to her dream of graduating and becoming an accountant. Imani’s plans fell apart […]

Tanzania Urged To Lift School Ban On Pregnant Pupils

Tanzania Urged To Lift School Ban On Pregnant Pupils

 Women’s group joined forces on Thursday against Tanzania’s ban on pregnant pupils in state schools, saying education was a girl’s best shot at success. In a joint statement, 29 nonprofit groups said that any move to deny girls the opportunity to go back to school after giving birth would only punish them, their children – […]

Tanzania: School Watchman Gets 30 Years For Raping Girl

Tanzania: School Watchman Gets 30 Years For Raping Girl

MLELE District magistrate’s Court in Katavi region has sentenced a school night watchman, George Sikok (27), to 30 years in jail after he was convicted of raping a 16-year old girl. The man was employed as a night watchman at Ilela Secondary School at small town of Inyonga in Mlele District, Katavi region. Reading the […]

Nchemba Warns NGOs Against Campaigning For Pregnant School Girls

Nchemba Warns NGOs Against Campaigning For Pregnant School Girls

 The Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Mwigulu Nchemba, has warned Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) against campaigning for the rights of children that any student, who is made pregnant should return to school. The minister has wanted such NGOs to immediately stop that campaign, threatening to deregister them if they continued with the campaign. The Cabinet minister […]

Tanzania: No Plan To Limit Number Of Children A Family Can Have

Tanzania: No Plan To Limit Number Of Children A Family Can Have

The government has no plan to introduce a family planning policy to limit the number of children in a family. This was revealed in Parliament on Friday by deputy minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Ashatu Kijaji, when she was responding to Ms Magdalena Sakaya (Kaliua-CUF), who wanted to know if the government planned to […]

Tanzania: State Pushes To Boost Maternal Health Services

Tanzania: State Pushes To Boost Maternal Health Services

At least 100 health centres across the country are set to offer surgery services to pregnant women by December, 2017. That was said by Minister for Health, Community, Development, Gender, Elders and Children, Ms Ummy Mwalimu, in Parliament yesterday, adding that opening of the said health centres will help to boost health services to pregnant […]

These School Girls Need Proper Societal Care

These School Girls Need Proper Societal Care

It has come to light that a group of well-wishers, who have the welfare of young women at heart, has seen the predicament that afflicts schoolgirls in Kisarawe District secondary schools. The students, we are told, cover long distances on foot to school and back home. The well-wishers, a non-government organisation called Hope 4 Young […]

Tanzania: Political Parties Challenged To Embrace Gender Equality

Tanzania: Political Parties Challenged To Embrace Gender Equality

 Women participation in politics is said to remain low because it isn’t a priority within political parties. Political Science Professor Ruth Meena voiced this during a panel discussion at this year’s Mwalimu Nyerere Professorial Chair on Wednesday. She said that the gender gap in politics is fueled by the fact that gender equality is not […]

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