Tanzania Ending Child Marriage Network (TECMN)


Tanzania Ending Child Marriage Network (TECMN) was established on 11th October 2012 under Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF) secretariat as a result of needing multi-sectoral interventions to end child marriages and harmful traditional practices that affect girls in Tanzania. TECMN recognizes that a holistic approach is needed to address the needs of children and therefore brings together 49 NGOs and CSOs which are committed to: accelerate efforts to prevent child marriage and support girls who are married, amplify the voices of girls at risk of child marriage and defend the rights of girls to health, education and the opportunity to fulfil their life potentialities.

TECMN conducts advocacy campaigns and lobbying at regional and national levels to advocate on the amendment of discriminatory laws and policies; particularly the Law of Marriage Act of 1971 in order to rise the statutory age of marriage for girls from 14 years to make it equal to that of boys which is 18 years.

The network is also working to increase awareness to the community through media campaigns, trainings, workshops and community dialogues on the impact of child marriage and the need for action to end child marriage in Tanzania.

The Overall Goal of TECMN is:

  • To provide joint efforts among the network members in order to contribute in preventing and ending child marriage at all levels namely: individual, family and community.

The Specific Objectives of this network are:

  • To increase awareness of the harmful impact of the child marriage at community, national & international levels
  • To advocate for policy reforms to end child marriage and resource mobilization to support married girls and girls at risk
  • To strengthen learning and coordination between organizations working to end child marriage in Tanzania




Some of the successful activities the network has achieved are as follows:

  1. The East Africa Regional Conference on Child Marriage in Dar Es Salaam in June 2013, which created a platform for information sharing, networking and discussion groups with stakeholders, attended by 85 participants from 12 different countries, girls and young women affected by child marriage, the Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs of Zambia, as well as government officials from Tanzania, traditional chiefs/leaders, development partners, academics and representatives from civil society organizations
  2. In January 2013, TECMN conducted post-MDG consultation on girls and young women in order to share their findings with the country report. Among the key findings were to make schools safer for girls, address teenage pregnancy and allow teenage mothers to go back to school
  3. TECMN was present at the Girls Summit 2014 in London with representatives presenting the status of child marriage in Tanzania and the existing initiatives to end set child marriage
  4. TECMN in collaboration with the MCDGC successfully launched the National Ending Child Marriage Campaign with Her Excellency Graca Machel, and a second launch at a grassroots level