Despite having laws and regulations in place, rape and violence against women is still in increase in Manyara, Tanzania.
Manyara is currently the second leading region in the country for gender based violence incidents after Iringa, with 3,641 cases reported between July 2020 and march 2021.
From January to October 2021 there have been 49 reported rape cases, 35 arrested and 25 reffered to court.
Over the weekend, Manyara’s regional commissioner, Makongoro Nyerere shared a report on rape incidents with the stakeholder involved in the fight against gender based violence (GBV), stigma about GBV victims and people living with HIV/AIDs.
Nyerere added that the rape, sodomy and sex trade cases have highly contributed to the increase of HIV/AIDs victims and child pregnancies in Manyara.
HIV/AIDs rate increased to 2.3% in 2016/17 from 1.5% in 2011/22 while child pregnancy is at 26%.
60% of home based violence is done by close relatives to children of up to eight years old. Said the region’s Community Development Officer, Anna Fisso.