LAUNCH OF CAMPAINGN AGAINST SEXTORTION :DECEMBER 03,201411 April 2015 Written by TAMWA
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December 03,2014 Launch of Campaign Against Sextortion A nationwide campaign to end sexual exploitation was launched in Dar es Salaam as part of the activities to mark the 16 Days of Activism against GBV. Launching the campaign in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzania Vice President's wife, Mama Asha Bilal, called upon victims of ‘sextortion’ to come forward and report to responsible authorities reminding them that silence fuels the illegal practice. Sextortion which is a combination of words sex and extortion is a form of GBV that employs non-physical forms of coercion to extort sexual favours from the victim. Mama Bilal told the audience at the Leaders’s Club grounds that sextortion is a form of corruption where people in positions of authority such as government officials, teachers, doctors and law enforcement personnel seek sexual favours in exchange for a service that is within their authority to grant or withhold. She said that the campaign aims at fighting against sexual abuse at the workplace and in schools and institutions of higher education. The Coalition against Sextortion (CAS), formed in May 2014, is chaired by the Tanzania Women Judges Association(TAWJA) and co-chaired by the Women Fund Tanzania(WFT) and brings together a number of Human and Women and Children Rights organizations such as TAMWA,TGNP, TAWLA, WLAC and TUCTA with the objective of breaking the silence on sextortion through awareness raising and evidence based advocacy. The co-chairperson of CAS Ruth Meena said the campaign will bring to light the suffering brought on by sexual harassment both in terms of emotional abuse and in the lack of concern by judiciary. The Tanzania Media Women Association (Tamwa) reports that an estimated 75 to 89 per cent of women in Tanzania have experienced some form of sexual harassment.