NGOs urged to address violence against boys, men

MBEYA: A CALL has been made, urging Human rights NGOs to address human rights violations against boys and men.

It is now thought that failure to address violence to boys and men contributes to pushing some of them into engaging in some bad acts, threatening their wellbeing.

The call was made in Mbeya on Friday by the acting District Executive Director for Mbeya District Council Aliko Mbuba while receiving feedback on the budget analysis with a gender lens from knowledge centres at a session organised by the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP).

According to Mbuba, human rights all over the world have not been observed by 100 per cent and there is still work to be done.

“At times we realise that girls and women’s rights are violated but we also forget that the rights of boys, children, youths and men have been violated. We should take measures to address rights of both males and females,” he said.

He said most people have been placing their focus on girls, forgetting that boys, too, are required to be protected from some malpractices.

Giving an example, he said there are unofficial reports in communities that involve some boys getting married. “Our laws don’t allow men to get married.  Let us see how to help boys so that they don’t engage in unacceptable practices,” warned Mbuba.

Presenting feedback on the budget analysis on the gender lens, Rose Ngunangwa, a consultant from the TGNP said the main focus on the budget analysis was on health, education, water, agriculture and economic empowerment.

“The feedback from the seven wards within the council indicates that the district had done a commendable job in building health centres and dispensaries in various areas save for a few wards where the budgets involve support of community members, ” said Ngunangwa.

According to the consultant, the district performed well in terms of provision of the water with most of the villages enjoying water connections within 400 metres from the main water supply line to their households.

Notably, the district council has done well in the education sector where it has managed to construct   toilets and special rooms, including provision of sanitary towels to all secondary schools, a situation that has improved school attendance and performance among girls.

According to Tanu Kameka, Mbeya District Council’s Head of  Primary  Education, the passing rate of students in the council has improved from 82  per cent in 2022 to 86.2 per cent  in 2023, surpassing the national target of 85 pass marks.

TGNP has been carrying out a gender responsive budget analysis at both national and district levels. This has stimulated grassroots activists and others to carry out their own budget analysis and tracking, with the focus on a variety of priority issues derived by them.

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