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Mara Girls Flee Homes For Fear Of FGM

Mara Girls Flee Homes For Fear Of FGM

ANNASTANZIA Bhoke (Not her real name) escaped from her home in Tarime District, Mara Region to Dar es Salaam in November last. She was running away from the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practices she was about to undergo. “I had come back home after closing school on November 11 last year and I was informed […]

Seeking Justice For Girls, Women In Tanzania

Seeking Justice For Girls, Women In Tanzania

 The need for justice to be acceptable, affordable, accessible and delivered on time for women and girls in Tanzania has become seriously important to ensure that their protection is strengthened. Recently, two Kagera women were allegedly beaten to death by their husbands who accused them of not cooking their meals on time. One of the […]

Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan Calls for Concerted Efforts In Ending Gender Violence

Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan Calls for Concerted Efforts In Ending Gender Violence

UNION Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, on Wednesday said that despite incorporating gender equality in the constitution, violence against women has been a grave reality in the lives of many women in the country who are estimated to be 51 per cent of the total population. In her speech at the opening of the 9th […]

Women Are Left Behind In Tanzania Politics

Women Are Left Behind In Tanzania Politics

 A research conducted by the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in collaboration with UN Women has revealed why the number of women aspirants for political posts is still low. The research titled: An overview of Women’s Leadership and Political Participation in Tanzania, which was conducted last year, showed that the number of women who […]

Menstrual Health And Culture – It’s A Taboo For Girls To Speak About Their Cycle

Menstrual Health And Culture – It’s A Taboo For Girls To Speak About Their Cycle

Despite grappling with poverty that reduces their access to quality education, girls from Geita District in Tanzania are disheartened by social taboos that haunt their educational development and expose them to menstrual health problems. A 10-day survey conducted in the area revealed that girls and women from Sukuma and Kuria in Geita are not allowed […]

Tanzanian Government Nods To Alternative FGM, Saves 3,000 Girls From the Cut

Tanzanian Government  Nods To Alternative FGM, Saves 3,000 Girls From the Cut

MINISTRY of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children has welcomed alternative rite of passage that has saved nearly 3,000 girls from undergoing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Mara Region. The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary (PS), Dr John Jungu said Tarime based Association of Termination of Female Genital Mutilation (ATFGM) Masanga Centre initiated alternative rite of […]

Gender Based Violence Increases In Tanzania

Gender Based Violence Increases In Tanzania

THE government has condemned the rising wave of Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases and other acts of violence in the community and promises to reduce the trend by 50 percent by the years 2021 and 2022. This was stated yesterday by the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children, Ms Ummy Mwalimu. Expressing […]

Lack Of Facilities Increase Maternal Mortality

Lack Of Facilities Increase Maternal Mortality

Maternal mortality statistics in 2015 show that there was an average of 556 deaths of mothers and children, which occurred per one hundred thousand families in Tanzania. There were many causes for this, some of which included the lack of responsible healthcare staff, poor infrastructure, lack of reproductive education and a deficiency of medical supplies […]

New Approach To End FGM Bears Fruit

New Approach To End FGM Bears Fruit

A NEW approach to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in Tanzania is now bearing fruit in areas the practice is still practised. The approach involves engaging traditional circumcisers and clan heads, who are influential in fighting against the practice. Speaking on the new approach, Assistant Director of the Family Unit at the Ministry of Health, […]

Non-Governmental Organization Of ‘Haki-Elimu Is Teaching Girls How To Make Sanitary Pads

Non-Governmental Organization Of ‘Haki-Elimu Is Teaching Girls How To Make Sanitary Pads

Menstrual cycles, with accompanying bodily changes and sometimes even abdominal pain, can be bad news to most ladies, but when it comes to school girls in remote rural areas, where protective pads are unheard of, the situation can be a nightmare. Sanitary health, especially among school girls in rural villages is becoming something of paramount […]