About Child Protection

Child protection refers to preventing and responding to any form of violence, exploitation and abuse against children. The programs focused on make sure children are protected at all level through strengthening child protection structures.

In 2019/2020, a total of 45 in-school clubs (30 members per club) in Ilala, Mpwapwa and Tarime Districts have continued to provide an eloquent platform for over 1,350 club members   to speak out on child rights violations to their peers and community members. These clubs provided students with an opportunity to showcase their skills in advocating for their rights and to provide peer support and education reaching a total of 12,372 (4,128 boys & 8,244 girls) of their peers in-schools and in their communities

Their participation in 2019 extended beyond schools to national level forums and meetings. In March, the in-school club members attended the National Conference on Ending Violence Against Women & Children (VAWC) where they gave a keynote address to the Prime Minister of United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Kassim Majaliwa, on the challenges that students, particularly girls, face in accessing quality education and their call for concerted efforts and actions to ending violence against children. Similarly, they were able to attend parallel sessions during the conference and had discussions on protection mechanisms available and how they can utilize them.

I believe with the education that our community has will change men and boys and they will not sexually abuse us as children and women,” Ruth – Pwaga Sec. School, Dodoma.

Approaches

“Through the training I received from CDF, I can now go and educate my fellow girls on how FGM and child pregnancy can affect their body health hence they should make right decisions on their bodies and avoid temptations.

Duty bearers trained on Women and child protection includes; police officers, health care providers, social welfare officers, magistrates, prosecutors and investigation.

“This committee will be very powerful one because it brings together a lot of stakeholders including private sector, to me I think this is a good opportunity for us to get more support on handling GBV/VAC cases as most of the people think issues of women are for social welfare officers only”. Flora Masue, RSWO Dar es Salaam.

In CDF targeted areas we disseminate GRRS brochure to police officer and community informing them on how they can use GRRS to keep the records of the reported cases; also creating awareness to the community members on the importance of using Gender and Children’s Desks to report incidences of violence against Women and Children resulting more reported cases.

In 2018 during the commemoration of Zero Tolerance Day Tarime District Commissioner declared to join the efforts with the Tarime police force to strengthen Intelligence unit to ensure that planners and organizers and all suspects of FGM are arrested, as the result total number of 10 suspects (4 traditional leaders, 3 Ngariba, 3 parents).
National Conference on “Ending Violence against Women and Children.” on 21stto 22nd March 2019 enabled policy makers/ enforcers, academicians and practitioners along with development partners and right holders to Reflect together on Violence against Women and Children in Tanzania and map out commitments for way forwards in tackling the problem. 600 people participated physically while a wide reach was exhibited through public and social media. Government action was triggered by the Prime Minister’s directives to responsible Ministries and all RCs to oversee budgeting for and implementation of the NPA- VAWC.