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Tanzania: Societal attitude towards unwed Muslim mothers, including their treatment by relatives, the government and the religious establishment

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 9 January 2004
Citation / Document Symbol TZA42306.E
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Information on the societal attitude towards unwed Muslim mothers, including their treatment by relatives, the government and the religious establishment could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

However, in Foreign Policy, a scholarly journal, Dahlia Scheindlin writes that children born out of wedlock in Tanzania are strongly marginalized and are "often denied already scarce food, education, and other resources; they may also be abused or abandoned" (30 June 2001).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Reference

Foreign Policy. 30 June 2001. Dahlia Scheindlin. "It Takes More Than a Village." (Dialog)

Additional Sources Consulted

Attempts to obtain the contact information for a lawyer, who is also the executive director of Sahiba Sisters Foundation in Tanzania, proved unsuccessful.

IRB Databases

The Tanzania Media Women's Association (TAMWA), in Dar es Salaam, did not respond to a letter requesting information.

WNC/Dialog

Internet sites, including:

Africa Online

All Africa

Amnesty International (AI)

Anisha Times

BBC

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2002

European Country of Origin Information Network (ECOI)

Freedom in the World 2003

Human Rights Internet (HRI)

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

International Religious Freedom Report 2002

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR)

Tanserve

United Nations, Division for the Advancement of Women

The United Republic of Tanzania, National Website

U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR)

Search engine:

Google

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