GENDER based violence incidents in six markets of Mwanza Region have decreased, thanks to the efforts by a non-governmental organisation - Equality for Growth for sensitizing women traders in the informal sector.
The chairpersons of the six markets of Igogo, Mlango Mmoja, Mwaloni, Mwanza Central Market, Kirumba and Mkuyuni in region confirmed the reports, saying the development has helped women to operate on equal footing with men.
The Equality for Growth (EfG) teamed up with journalists to visit markets in the City and Ilemela Municipal council, establishing that awareness creation against gender based violence against women yielded better results.
The Mwaloni Fish International Market chairman Mr Fikiri Magafu said yesterday that women at the market are now conducting their businesses without being abused by male traders.
“The women’s rights were not recognized by male traders, and in most cases, some men traders refused to settle their bills and women did not know whom to approach to present their grievances,” said Mr Magafu.
He said currently the market leadership has been strengthened as it works through five committees. The committees are formed along the duties of defence and security, sanitation and environment, finance, mediation and arbitration and disaster.
Magafu said that by-laws formed have made the business community in the area to respect one another and avoid using abusive language. The acting Mlango Mmoja Market chairman in Nyamagana District, Mr Khamis Maginga said that violence against women in the marketplaces has decreased compared to the situation before.
Ms Ester Sambule, a tailor woman who owns a sewing machine in Mlango Mmoja market, said that most female traders in the country are disproportionately abused with no proper mechanism to enable them report the cases.
Equality for Growth (EfG), under the support of The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS), is committed to end violence against women in market places through empowering female traders.