Tanzania: Societal attitude towards unwed Muslim mothers, including their treatment by relatives, the government and the religious establishment
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||9 January 2004|
|Citation / Document Symbol||TZA42306.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Tanzania: Societal attitude towards unwed Muslim mothers, including their treatment by relatives, the government and the religious establishment, 9 January 2004, TZA42306.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/403dd21f14.html [accessed 26 May 2013]|
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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.
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.
The Tanzania Media Women's Association (TAMWA), in Dar es Salaam, did not respond to a letter requesting information.
Internet sites, including:
Amnesty International (AI)
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)
United Nations, Division for the Advancement of Women
The United Republic of Tanzania, National Website
U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR)