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Scores of women divorced, abandoned for voting in Tanzania polls

09 December 2015, 19:28

Dodomba - Nearly 50 women have been divorced in Zanzibar after they participated in the recent Tanzanian election, lawyers and women's rights activists have said, according to reports.

The Guardian said at least 47 women were reported to have been divorced by their husbands due to their participation in the polls against their spouse's wishes.

The report quoted the Co-ordinator of the Tanzanian Media Women’s Association (TAMWA), Mzuri Issa, as saying the 47 women were divorced for voting contrary to their husbands’ orders in a tightly fought ballot that remains undecided.

“Some of the women were not allowed by their husband to vote but those who refused to see their right trampled on were either divorced or abandoned,” Issa was quoted as saying.

The divorces were confirmed by the Zanzibar Female Lawyers Association, the report said

Scores of women were abandoned with children, due to conflicting political views, a report by Independent said.

TAMWA has since embarked on a campaign to raise awareness around civic education and freedom of political association.



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