DAILY NEWS Reporter in Moshi
MANY people in Moshi Rural district are denied human rights as a significant percentage face challenges as far as inheritance and land rights are concerned.
A research carried out last year with the Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange and Consultancy Organization (Kwieco) has established that more than 50 per cent of people in Moshi district do not know the importance of human rights.
The Head of Law and Human Rights department at the organization, Mr Peter Mashingia, said here that the challenge has adversely affected women, mainly due to male chauvinism system in the area.
Mr Mashingia unveiled that the research found that the said percentage does not know how human rights are important economically, politically and social matters. He said many people residing in rural areas do not know how to get their rights either.
He said the preliminary findings of the study show that ignorance of the people in terms of the rights has led to increased acts of gender-based violence, especially against women, many of whom are not allowed to own land or get inheritance.
“Ownership of land and right to inherit properties in rural areas is still a huge problem that causes human rights violation especially against women. Many of those dwelling in rural areas do not understand the importance of human rights or how to go about to claim the same,” said Mr Mashingia.
He said KWIECO has been giving training on human rights to village and ward leaders so that they solve different challenges that emerge in their respective areas and ensure every body gets their rights in accordance to the laws of the land.
KWIECO said the department head has been raising awareness to village and ward land councils’ members as a means of capacity building in respect to laws related to land, inheritance, children and marriage to set a base for war against gender-based violence.
However, he said it has not been easy to do that, as in some societies members are not willing to volunteer information about such violence. He attributed the situation to outdated traditions.
Mr Samwel Mdee, a chairman of Koresa village in Kirua Vunjo South ward, said he was moved by the training he received and he passes it over to his villagers at village meetings.
He noted that in his village, the feedback is encouraging as many people want to learn how to get their rights. He said some sections in the society are conservative and are reluctant to change their negative attitudes.
Source: Daily News, June 20, 2016