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Tanzania: Youths to Fight GBV Through Mobile Phones

12 March, 2013
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March 12, 2013

THE Tanzania Youth Alliance (TAYOA) has come up with a communication system, to be used by youths all over the country, aimed at stamping out gender violence.

The system enables youths to send reports of violence against them through texting messages on their mobile phones. This was revealed, over the weekend, by the TAYOA Resident Director, Mr Peter Masika, at a meeting involving youths from 12 universities in Dar es Salaam and Coastal zone.

Among topics discussed, in the meeting that was also attended by heads of students' government bodies from the universities, include the magnitude of gender violence and strategies to eliminate the vice. Mr Masika said the communication system known as "VIJANATZ SMS" is on trial at the moment and will be in full use in the next three months.

He said the communication system will enable youths and the public in general to send reports when they become victims of gender violence, adding that they can also make free calls to TAYOA where they will be counselled. "Gender- based violence contributes a lot to the spread of HIV/Aids infection and at TAYOA; we cannot let this continue without putting in place strategies to stamp it out.

We are training university and college students to send reports of gender violence," he explained. He added that TAYOA decided to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to evaluate the extent of gender violence in the country, to make it easier for victims to communicate their plight to the organization and make it easier to apprehend culprits.

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