Report GBV cases, Bunda women urged

Women in Bunda District have been urged to report cases of Gender-based Violence (GBV) in order to develop a just society. Speaking in Bunda recently, the Executive Director of the Tanzania People Development Organisation (TADEPO), Mr.  George Thomas said, GBV cases are rarely reported due to lack of knowledge on GBV, and his organization has managed to educate local leaders on rights of men and women.

TADEPO received grants from Foundation for Civil Society and implemented a six-month project on GBV with a special focus on issues facing women and girls in Bunda District. According to Mr. Thomas, TADEPO has managed to conduct various GBV awareness campaigns and gone as far as to support the Bunda Police Force Gender Desk. The desk is now used as the bridge towards prosecuting GBV cases and also providing training to the society on changing their attitude and behavior.

According to Mr. Bajumaa Said, a member of Unyali Ward, TADEPO interventions have empowered women to the extent that they voice up their concerns and have realized their rights. “Previously things were different. Men used to make orders and do whatever they wanted. Violence, abuse, and victimization for both women and children were high in this ward; but since we established Anti-GBV committees in our villages, men are now taking precautions before attempting any evil deed,” he said.

Edward Nyakinoti from Mihingo Ward said, some community members have started to realize the need to change their behavior and respect rights for women, children, and people with disabilities. He further added that GBV cases are very high in his community and he wanted TADEPO to continue providing them with education on minimizing these GBV cases.

Mr. Stephen Jackson Ochieng from Namhura Ward noted that TADEPO interventions have helped men and women. “In Mara region, GBV cases are many; and through different film shows that were brought to our villages, now many people realize the need to change and women are now voicing their issues once victimized,” he said.

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