Tanzanian constitution should recognise women's rights, lawyers' association says

November 12, 2012

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The Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA) has demanded that the country's newly drafted constitution explicitly recognise the rights and equality of women, Tanzania's The Guardian reported Sunday (November 11th).

"In the constitutional review process there are some vital issues that should be incorporated by the constitutional commission," TAWLA chairwoman Magadalena Rwebangera said during the launch of the gender forum consolidated report on mainstreaming gender in the constitution-making process.

Issues that should be addressed include labour and land ownership rights, scrapping traditional laws that restrict women's freedoms, sexual violence, provisions on reproductive health, and giving women an equal representation in decision making bodies, the newspaper reported.

High Court judge Sivangilwa Mwangesi said that for these issues to be addressed, it is crucial that the gender platform be associated with other partners in social, political and economic spheres.

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