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Jan. 18, 2021, 3:46 p.m.
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Variables: ABO-SCALE-1

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Jan. 14, 2021, 7:14 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-4

In Tanzania in 2015, women comprised 20.2% of the police force.
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"For daughters are sadly seen as a short-term investment for poor, rural households - cash cows that can boost a family's financial position at the expense of a girl's schooling and wellbeing" (para 8). "'It was Sukuma tradition that forced me to have Grace married when she finished primary school,' says Kurwa" (para 86).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"But Superintendent Pili Simon Misungwi, who heads the gender desk at the Shinyanga district police station, dismisses any claims of wrongdoing by her staff" (para 34).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"For daughters are sadly seen as a short-term investment for poor, rural households - cash cows that can boost a family's financial position at the expense of a girl's schooling and wellbeing" (para 8). "In the Shinyanga region, more than 59 percent of girls like Grace - some of them as young as nine - are forced into child marriages. Itendelebanya believes that the actual figure is concealed by the remoteness of many rural communities" (para 30-31).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Back in the village, where there can be no secrets, it is common knowledge that Kuyi is the one reporting cases of child marriage to the police. Resentful of the potential loss of income that marrying off their daughters can generate, villagers have threatened to lock the activist in his hut and burn it down" (para 70-71). "'Many other activists are now reluctant to report cases to the police,' Kuyi says. 'They've been intimidated by death threats, or demoralised when they see only a few cases actually go to court' (para 76).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-4

"Kupura is so prevalent in the region that when a girl disappears, her parents will suspect what has happened. But rather than calling the police, they will seek the man out not to rescue their child, but to negotiate the dowry - or bride price - in cattle. For daughters are sadly seen as a short-term investment for poor, rural households - cash cows that can boost a family's financial position at the expense of a girl's schooling and wellbeing" (para 7-8). "Grace was abducted after she refused to marry the older man her father sold her off to" (para 10). "Her father had bartered a dozen cattle for his...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"The ensuing samba ritual involves cutting cruciform nicks into the girl's chest and hands with a razor to not only help cleanse her of her bad luck, but to make her more attractive to older men" (para 11)
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Itendelebanya, the legal and gender officer for the local NGO, Agape, says this sense of entitlement, in what is a perennially patriarchal society, also explains why passers-by don't intervene when they witness an abduction" (para 4). "'Police entertain corruption because they benefit from it,' claims Itendelebanya. 'And police see NGOs like Agape as preventing the flow of money into their pockets'" (para 33). "The 53-year-old activist acts as a primitive early warning system for the NGO Agape, which in turn tips off the local police force" (para 55) "Ten days later, thanks to Kuyi's regular updates by phone, police and Agape staff raided the wedding ceremony" (para 58). "After hearing...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The 1971 Marriage Act set the minimum age of marriage for girls at 15 with parental consent - but a girl of 14 could wed where judicial approval was given" (para 22).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"The majority of the girls opt for tailoring classes, but others want to take the courses in welding and electrical engineering - professions that challenge the patriarchal and gendered stereotypes so ingrained in Tanzania's communities" (para 83).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"And so it was that Grace was abducted on motorbike by her betrothed early one morning - all with the complicity of her father...She was only 12" (para 17, 19). "While it is true that Tanzania does not rank among the countries with the highest rates of child marriage, with four out of 10 girls being married before their 18th birthdays, it seems to be a problem that is not going away" (para 28). "In the Shinyanga region, more than 59 percent of girls like Grace - some of them as young as nine - are forced into child marriages. Itendelebanya believes that the actual figure is concealed by the...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"But Superintendent Pili Simon Misungwi, who heads the gender desk at the Shinyanga district police station, dismisses any claims of wrongdoing by her staff. In 2008, the Tanzanian government requested that every police station have such a specialist unit, with trained personnel who could handle cases of gender-based violence and child abuse across the country" (para 34-35). "And Misungwi says it is the lack of police resources, rather than corruption, that has contributed to the prevalence of child marriage in the region. 'When the government is giving budgets to ministries like Home Affairs, they don't have a separate pot of money for the police gender desk,' she says. As a...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"The ensuing samba ritual involves cutting cruciform nicks into the girl's chest and hands with a razor to not only help cleanse her of her bad luck, but to make her more attractive to older men" (para 11). "Female genital mutilation was outlawed in Tanzania in 1998, and yet a 2010 government survey found that in remote parts of the Mara region, more than 40 percent of girls and women had been cut" (para 27).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Female genital mutilation was outlawed in Tanzania in 1998, and yet a 2010 government survey found that in remote parts of the Mara region, more than 40 percent of girls and women had been cut" (para 27).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Itendelebanya, the legal and gender officer for the local NGO, Agape, says this sense of entitlement, in what is a perennially patriarchal society, also explains why passers-by don't intervene when they witness an abduction. 'When a Sukuma man is attracted to a girl he will start asking people where she lives, and what her routine is,' explains Itendelebanya. 'Once he finds out these details he might wait for her near the borehole - or whatever he thinks is the best place to get that girl - and then grab her.' Kupura is so prevalent in the region that when a girl disappears, her parents will suspect what has happened. But...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Itendelebanya, the legal and gender officer for the local NGO, Agape, says this sense of entitlement, in what is a perennially patriarchal society, also explains why passers-by don't intervene when they witness an abduction. 'When a Sukuma man is attracted to a girl he will start asking people where she lives, and what her routine is,' explains Itendelebanya. 'Once he finds out these details he might wait for her near the borehole - or whatever he thinks is the best place to get that girl - and then grab her'" (para 4-6). "The 1971 Marriage Act set the minimum age of marriage for girls at 15 with parental consent -...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: SMES-DATA-2

"After physically and sexually abusing her for 11 months, her husband was killed in a motorbike accident. Grace, now 13, was filled not with joy, but sorrow. The man who had raped and beaten her for the better part of a year was dead - but she now has a child to take care of, and no income. Grace and her child Mathias are at her family's home, where she and her father live out an uneasy truce. After hearing an announcement on the radio, she applied to enrol on one of Agape's vocational skills courses. Each year, the organisation provides dozens of girls with an opportunity to learn a...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"This contradictory legal Venn diagram was further obfuscated by the Local Customary Law of 1963, which allowed Tanzania's many ethnic groups to adhere to their customs and traditions" (para 24).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Before Misungwi arrives at the station, a young mother sits in the main office as she tells a police officer about the regular sexual assaults she endures at the hands of her husband - the private rooms sit empty. The officer takes no notes, his attention not on the mother, but on the Nigerian soap opera blasting from the television set in the corner of the room. Other staff members sit nearby, staring into space, periodically checking their phones for text messages" (para 44-46). "Back in the village, where there can be no secrets, it is common knowledge that Kuyi is the one reporting cases of child marriage to the...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-1

"Each year, the organisation provides dozens of girls with an opportunity to learn a trade so that they can become breadwinners in their own right. The majority of the girls opt for tailoring classes, but others want to take the courses in welding and electrical engineering - professions that challenge the patriarchal and gendered stereotypes so ingrained in Tanzania's communities" (para 82083).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"And yet here in the region of Shinyanga, the practice of kupura is validated by the oft-recited motto of Sukuma men: alcohol, meat and vagina. 'This slogan is in their blood and a way of life,' says Revocatus Itendelebanya. 'These are the three things they feel entitled to as men' (para 2-3).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LRCM-DATA-1

"So common are the practices of abduction, rape and forced marriage of girls in northern Tanzania that a single word is used to encapsulate them all: kupura. It is a word used by people from the Sukuma tribe to describe the snatching of girls in broad daylight as they walk to school; a three-syllabled euphemism that downplays their long-term physical and sexual abuse" (para 1). "But a deal had been made; a dowry had been paid. And so it was that Grace was abducted on motorbike by her betrothed early one morning - all with the complicity of her father. That night, and every day for the next 11 months,...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: PHBP-PRACTICE-1

"The ensuing samba ritual involves cutting cruciform nicks into the girl's chest and hands with a razor to not only help cleanse her of her bad luck, but to make her more attractive to older men" (para 11).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"And police see NGOs like Agape as preventing the flow of money into their pockets" (para 33). "'There can be no secrets in the villages.' So says Paulo Kuyi, who is fighting the ground war against child marriage in the nearby town of Muchambi. The 53-year-old activist acts as a primitive early warning system for the NGO Agape, which in turn tips off the local police force....it is common knowledge that Kuyi is the one reporting cases of child marriage to the police. Resentful of the potential loss of income that marrying off their daughters can generate, villagers have threatened to lock the activist in his hut and burn it...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-1

"Before Misungwi arrives at the station, a young mother sits in the main office as she tells a police officer about the regular sexual assaults she endures at the hands of her husband - the private rooms sit empty.The officer takes no notes, his attention not on the mother, but on the Nigerian soap opera blasting from the television set in the corner of the room. Other staff members sit nearby, staring into space, periodically checking their phones for text messages" (para 44-46).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"And while the 2009 Child Act did not expressly outlaw child marriage, it did define a child as a person under the age of 18, stating that a parent should 'protect the child from neglect, discrimination, violence, abuse, exposure to physical and moral hazards and oppression' (para 23).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"While it is true that Tanzania does not rank among the countries with the highest rates of child marriage, with four out of 10 girls being married before their 18th birthdays, it seems to be a problem that is not going away" (para 28). "In the Shinyanga region, more than 59 percent of girls like Grace - some of them as young as nine - are forced into child marriages. Itendelebanya believes that the actual figure is concealed by the remoteness of many rural communities, as well as widespread reports of corrupt police and court officials burying cases in return for bribes by family members" (para 30-31). "Meanwhile incidents related...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: WR-PRACTICE-2

"After physically and sexually abusing her for 11 months, her husband was killed in a motorbike accident. Grace, now 13, was filled not with joy, but sorrow. The man who had raped and beaten her for the better part of a year was dead - but she now has a child to take care of, and no income. Grace and her child Mathias are at her family's home, where she and her father live out an uneasy truce" (para 78-81).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"So common are the practices of abduction, rape and forced marriage of girls in northern Tanzania that a single word is used to encapsulate them all: kupura. It is a word used by people from the Sukuma tribe to describe the snatching of girls in broad daylight as they walk to school; a three-syllabled euphemism that downplays their long-term physical and sexual abuse. And yet here in the region of Shinyanga, the practice of kupura is validated by the oft-recited motto of Sukuma men: alcohol, meat and vagina. 'This slogan is in their blood and a way of life,' says Revocatus Itendelebanya. 'These are the three things they feel entitled...more