AFRICA/TANZANIA - National Commitment to curb violence against children
Dar es Salaam (Agenzia Fides) - Authorities in Tanzania have recently launched a five-year National Program for Prevention and Response to Violence against Children, which aims to eliminate all forms of violence against children, including sexual, physical and emotional abuse, as threats of being abandoned, killed or thrown out from the parents, guardians and relatives house. From a survey carried out, out of 3,739 females and males between 13 and 24 years, in several families across the country, showed that the terrible acts of violence are mainly caused by the parents, guardians, relatives and teachers, as well as other persons assisting children and young people every day. Sexual violence against children is rampant, 3 out of 10 girls are raped at least once before the age of 18, while among the males of the same age group the victims are 13.4%.
The Program consists of a multisectoral plan to improve efforts to break the silence around violence against children, and to take additional future steps in the health, education, HIV/AIDS, judiciary and police field. The police have already established positions reserved for children in all the stations in the country, where they can be welcomed and then listen to their experiences of violence and cruelty. The Ministry of Education is committed to ensuring equal access concerning study for all the children, by prohibiting any kind of corporal punishment in schools. Tanzania is the first African country to conduct a survey on the nature and extent of violence against children. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 28/09/2011)
- 2015-11-10 - Start negotiations to overcome the crisis after the cancellation of the vote in Zanzibar
- 2015-10-29 - The elections in Zanzibar revoked due to "serious irregularities"
- 2015-10-06 - Appeal from Christian leaders: "No to ethnic or religious manipulations before the vote"
- 2015-06-19 - Bishop of Mpanda to the young: "Go and vote in the October elections"
- 2015-03-31 - Constitutional referendum at risk for the controversy over Islamic Courts
- 2015-02-18 - AFRICA/TANZANIA – Kidnapping of one year old albino toddler triggers indignation
- 2014-10-17 - Activities and programs for children and adolescents infected with HIV
- 2014-08-06 - Some Tanzanian citizens arrested in connection with the assaults in Lamu, causing 100 deaths
- 2014-07-12 - The Bishops to the constituents: "You have a moral duty to give the Country a new constitution"
- 2014-06-25 - AFRICA/TANZANIA – A Tanzanian religious woman killed during a street robbery