In the world today we still witness issues of gender inequality where women suffer from discrimination and abuse. Tanzania is one of those countries heavily affected by this particular issue. In the past few years, Tanzania has been going through social advances where women have gained more power in government, household, employment and in cultural social settings. Despite the improvements made in the country, these have not been significant enough to create the change that Tanzania needs considering it being one of the largest African countries in the continent. Women continue to suffer from abuse in their household, in the workplace and within their community. These women are constantly subdued and exposed to domestic abuse, child marriage, sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, and human trafficking. These concerns have been happening for decades and affect women physically and psychologically making them a target for more abuse creating a cycle that is passed on through generations.
Due to the male dominated community in Tanzania, many women lack access to education. If they are currently getting an education, they run the risk to be forced to drop-out or be expelled from school due to early marriage, pregnancy, and household duties. The lack of education for Tanzanian women results in the silence that is seen throughout the country, empowering the abuser and those committing the crime. A society’s problem cannot be solved if the women are not identifying it. Many of these women- mostly the ones living in rural areas, which are the ones mostly affected- are not aware of the current laws and how to enforce their rights. They live in fear of being rejected or ostracized by their family members or tribe, receiving more abuse from their spouse, or judged by society.