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Women in Tanzania divorced for not following husbands’ voting orders

A woman searches through voter registration details for the Tanzanian presidential elections at a polling station on October 25, 2015 in Zanzibar. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Nearly 50 Tanzanian women were divorced by their husbands over their participation in the recent elections, according to women’s rights advocates in the country. The women were allegedly divorced for not voting the way their husbands ordered them to, the Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA) told the Guardian. At least 47 women’s divorces have been confirmed by the Zanzibar Female Lawyers Association. The election was particularly contentious this year as the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party faced a challenge from a newly-united opposition party, the Civic United Front. The two parties contested October’s election results and a new election is scheduled for 2016. At least one woman whose husband divorced her said it was over a difference in their support for the ruling party and the opposition party. “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,” said Mzuri Issa, coordinator for TAMWA.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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