The Tanzania government is planning to take to the National Assembly for amendment, the Law of Marriage Act of 1971 which allows marriage of 15 year old girls.
The Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children, Ms Anna Maembe, said the government would not entertain outdated customs which undermine women.
“It’s high time the public changed its attitude towards women…and value contributions done by women,” Ms Maembe told participants while opening the workshop on gender violence in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday. She pointed out that gender violence has been prevailing in the name of customs largely in rural areas.
Ms Maembe promised the participants that the government would work on the recommendations from the workshop. Dr Helen Kijo-Bisimba, who is the Executive Director of Legal and Human Rights Centre, said the workshop aimed at finding out solutions of gender violence, saying the workshop would raise awareness among the human rights stakeholders to enable them contribute efficiently in the constitution making.
The four- day workshop is being attended by participants from 126 civil societies which fight gender violence in different regions.
Ms Rehema Mwateba, who is one of the participants, said the workshop would provide them with knowledge on gender violence hence to participate fully in views collection for making of the new constitution. “The workshop will educate us on gender violence so that we can give views to address the issue in the new constitution,” she said.
By LUDOVICK KAZOKA, Tanzania Daily News