Sokoine University of Agriculture

Gender based violence and legal aid services interventions among rural women in Morogoro rural and Kongwa Districts, Tanzania

Show simple item record Nyange, T. M. Sikira, A. N. Lyimo-Macha, J. G. 2018-06-23T10:06:13Z 2018-06-23T10:06:13Z 2016
dc.identifier.issn 2224-4441
dc.description International Journal of Asian Social Science 2016, VoL.6(8): pp446-461 en_US
dc.description.abstract Several initiatives have been implemented to promote human rights targeting women. Despite, Legal Aid Services (LAS) provided to women, violation of human rights manifested in the form of Gender Based Violence (GBV) is still high among women globally, regionally and Tanzania in particular. Using Freire’s theory, this paper analyses the contribution of LAS interventions to combat GBV incidents among rural women. The study involved 240 rural women in Morogoro Rural and Kongwa Districts. Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS) Version 16 was used to analyze the data. A GBV index was constructed indicating levels of GBV in the study areas. Women in the study areas were experiencing a medium level of GBV. Wife battery, deprivation of basic necessities and marital rape were the most common forms of GBV practised in the study areas. Generally, beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries of LAS experienced some forms of GBV regardless of their involvement in LAS interventions. However, Mann-Whitney U test revealed a significant difference in the actions taken against perpetrators of GBV for beneficiaries (Md = 5, n = 98) and for non-beneficiaries (Md = 2, n = 95), U =2837, Z = -4.730, p = 0.000, r = 0.3. The distinguished differences might be related to the acquired knowledge through LAS intervention on women’s legal rights education. Hence, the knowledge inspires them to take legal actions of reporting GBV incidents. These results have implication on changing the odds of GBV status. Therefore, the government and LAS stakeholders should put more emphasis on raising awareness about women’s legal right education and publicizing the availability of LAS providers, particularly at the grassroots level where the majority is less informed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Gender based violence en_US
dc.subject Rural women en_US
dc.subject Legal aid services en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.title Gender based violence and legal aid services interventions among rural women in Morogoro rural and Kongwa Districts, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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