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Tanzania Gender Networking Programme

Women’s human rights situation in Tanzania THE following table was assembled by ‘Changing Ireland’ from facts gleaned from a lengthy human rights report by the US Government for 2006. For the US view on any country’s human rights practices (excluding the US), log onto: www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2006/

1) Only 5% of rape cases result in court proceedings. 2) Society considers wife-beating to be an acceptable practice. 3) Domestic violence against women is widespread and most women are afraid to report it. 4) A minority of women still practise circumcision (or Female Genital Mutilation) on young girls.

1) The law provides for life imprisonment for persons convicted of rape. 2) The courts now recognise domestic violence as grounds for divorce.

3) Last year, one woman - Agnes Mbuyamajuu - broke the taboo and went on television, and to the courts, publicly condemning the police for being slow to take complaints seriously. 4) The practice – known by critics as Female Genital Mutilation - is gradually becoming less popular if reports are accurate. Though culturally acceptable in many areas, it is illegal.

5) The extent of sexual harassment of women in the workplace is unknown.

5) The law prohibits sexual harassment of women in the workplace.

7) Traditional customs remain strong and include some that subordinate women.

7) Several NGOs organised workshops and seminars, and some ran legal aid clinics, addressing a wide range of women's rights issues. Another plus - traditional customs remain strong and many are good.

6) Inheritance and marriage laws do not consistently provide full equality.

8) Sexual and gender-based violence continues to be a problem in refugee camps.

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THE Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP) aims at socially transforming Tanzanian society. It was established in 1993 and is a nongovernmental organisation. “We promote gender equality and social equity through the empowerment of women and other marginalised sectors of the community. Our organisation strives to enhance the mainstreaming of gender at all levels of society from grassroots communities to the highest levels of national policy making and legislation,” says the network’s mission statement. The network puts its muscle into: • Activism, lobbying and advocacy; • Training, capacity-building; • Action-oriented research; • Networking. For more information, log onto: www.tgnp.org

6) The law provides for equality of women.

8) There is a Ministry devoted to Community Development, Women, and Children.

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BANÚLACHT, a national organisation for women working in development, is organising the visit by Irish women to Tanzania and the trip is funded by Irish Aid. Maeve Taylor and Eileen Smith of Banúlacht are part of the Irish delegation. “We are delighted to facilitate this exchange between women in Ireland and Tanzania,” said Maeve. “There is a huge amount we can learn from each other about community development approaches and about the situation of women in each country. “ “In particular, we hope the trip will deepen our understanding of the links between women's lives and situations locally and globally, and the ways in which women in Tanzania.” consciousness: that annoying time between naps

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