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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:41

Mwanza registers increasing cases of GBV

Written by  Brian Wasili

Mwanza, December 6, 2017: Cases of gender based violence are said to be on the increase in Mwanza District such that at least ten cases are registered each month, a development the social welfare sector has described as worrisome.

District Social Welfare Officer (DSWO) for Mwanza, Aroan Macheka made the revelation on Tuesday during the commemoration of 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence at Phanda Primary School in the area of Senior Chief Nthache.

“We are stiff worried because the statistics continue to be high despite efforts by government and other partners in fighting GBV so that the figures are reduced,” said Macheka.

He attributed the situation to poverty, early marriage and school drop outs, among other reasons, saying the social welfare sector has put in place mechanisms to bring awareness to community members to prevent GBV in collaboration with partners in the district.

The DSWO said different community governance structures such as victim support units, the community and district child protection committees have been empowered to take charge of the affairs in preventing and reporting cases of GBV at community level.

Senior Chief Nthache who was guest of honour at the function, observed that to ensure women and children in his area are safeguarded from GBV, there was need to encourage reporting of any acts of GBV to relevant authorities.

Chief Nthache, therefore, commended Mwanza District Council and various partners for their continued support towards addressing gender based violence in his area.

Giving her testimony, Esther Yohane narrated her ordeal, saying she resolved to terminate her marriage due to GBV she suffered at the hands of her abusive husband.
“My husband used to beat me up almost every day every time he was drunk. He also used to lock me outside the house but the victim support unit rescued me from him and now I am a free person,” explained Yohane.

The commemoration started with a solidarity march which was graced by Mwanza District Council Chairperson, Godfrey Zamaheya, Mwanza District Commissioner, Humphreys Gondwe, and traditional and religious leaders among others.

It was organized by Mwanza District Council with support from Red Cross and Save the Children under the theme: ‘Leave no one behind, end gender based violence.’

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