Monday, 21 July 2008

YWCA decries violence on women, sexual abuse

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) has once again, strongly decried all domestic violence and incidents of sexual abuse currently feared to be on the increase country-wide.

Speaking about the social vice with the local press here yesterday, the YWCA Tanzania Secretary General, Ms LoeRose Mbise said statistics show that in 2006 alone, there were 4,084 reported cases of violence on women which rose to 6,531 the following year.

"National statistics obtained from the Police Force and subsequently, reported by the media, suggest that there were 4,084 cases in 2006, a figure which shot up by more than a third in 2007", she said with a view to showing the magnitude of the problem.

Ms Mbise made the revelation following a two-day special training programme organized here by the YWCA, with financial support from the Norwegian Church. The training, held at the Anglican Church's Diocese of Victoria Nyanza Conference Hall here, drew ten church leaders from Mwanza City.

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