WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPEAK…..

Written by Leyla Mchawe | Posted on  26th Feb 2016.



As it turns out, Amina is a very typical domestic abuse victim. Sadly, Amina thinks this is love. Article 12 (1) and (2) of the United Republic of Tanzania 1977 articulates that all human beings are born free, and are all equal and that every person is entitled to recognition and respect for his dignity. The constitution speaks against women discrimination and gender based violence. But the rate of intimate partner violence is still high in Tanzania, the prevalence of physical intimate partner violence is 69.3% and psychological is 70%. Intimate partner violence is considered to be the most pervasive form of violence against women. In Tanzania half of ever-married women have suffered from spousal or partner abuse at some point in time, whether physical, emotional, or sexual. More than one third of ever -married women are reported having experienced some form of physical or sexual violence by their husband/partner in the past year. Intimate partner violence has got both physical and psychological consequences to the victim. Rape and domestic violence account for 5 - 10% of healthy years lost by women (WHO, 2001).

And because of our country’s culture the majority of women who experienced intimate partner violence do not take any action. The reasons behind are many but most commonly are affection, limited financial options, shame and fearing the husband. To reduce the problem of women abuse in order to promote the right to equality there should be policies and laws which limits people from alcohol abuse. Intimate partner violence should strictly be treated as a crime. More ever stiffer measures should be taken to perpetrators of intimate partner violence to prevent others from practicing such kind of violence. Furthermore health policy makers should also plan for possible interventions on prevention of intimate partner violence including provision of education. Together with forming stations for providing counseling especially to young families. ‘Women have to stick together to fight this problem, because it is our right to speak and it is our right to express ourselves, thus we need to make noise about this problem’’.