What’s at Stake?
“It is important to encourage children to share their opinions on matters affecting them.”
Child protection refers to preventing and responding to violence, exploitation and abuse against children including commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking, child labor and harmful traditional practices such as Female Genital Mutilation and Child marriage.
What we’re Doing
Working with communities to protect children
Ensure communities understand and take appropriate measures to ensure children’s rights protection and promote violence –free communities.
Working with Family to protect children
Ensure family understand the causes and consequences of VAC, adopt positive parenting practice and protect their children including in emergency circumstances.
Ensure Children contribute to their own protection
working with children so they have ability to protect themselves and can advocate for and participate in child protection initiatives.
Working with government to protect children
Establishing national and district level child protection legislation, policies, structures and budget to ensure local government institutions have the ability to prevent and respond to VAC.
“The extent of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation on children is shocking, and most children are forced to drop out of school and work on very low wages to help parents get income to feed the family and sometimes fend for their needs”
CDF continues to work at a grassroots-level in the above mentioned regions and has had crucial success in this cooperative way of working with the local communities.
Some of these achievements include:
- Capacity Building to 41 Police Officers from 11 Gender and Children Desks in Tarime/Rorya and Mara Police Region with knowledge on how to handle GBV/VAC cases. Through this training police officers become knowledgeable on GBV and VAC issues and be able to provide quality, compassionate, non-discriminatory and timely GBV prevention and response services to all survivors within the Tanzanian communities, and in year 2016, total number of 1324 cases of GBV/FGM was reported at Tarime/Rorya Gender and Children’s Desk and out of it, 256 cases was successfully solved while 684 cases are still pending on court.
- CDF managed to provide the working facilities to Police Gender and Children’s Desks which included Computer, server etc., in order for the police to be able to respond to the need .Though the working tools provided by CDF improve the working environment, also the collected information now are stored on safe and modernized system compare to the previous one.
- Development of the GRRS system which was installed at Tanzania Police Head Quarter. The system is now in the pilot phase in in Tarime /Rorya and Mara Police Regions the police officer in charged started to fill the information received from different Gender and children’s Desk in Tarime/Rorya Police Region. The system helped the Tanzania Police to report the state of GBV and VAC cases effectively from its regions.
- CDF managed to engage total number of 675 Children through 30 established Clubs, 15 being in school clubs and 15 being out of school clubs. Through established clubs children got opportunity to share information, learn from each other about child rights, effects of FGM, Child marriage, goal setting, and child pregnancy SRHRS, also children were able to solve some of the problem they face in their community through sharing with their club mentors, patrons and matrons. These established clubs managed to cascade the knowledge to in school club members reached total of 2129 (1224F, 905M) whom are primary school children. Through the awareness children got from the clubs on side effects of FGM in 2016 total number of 256 children rescued after running to MASSANGA Centre which is one of the rescue center available in Tarime District.
- CDF managed to organize public events and disseminate Information Education and Communication Materials which reached total number of 500+, 350 being male and 150 being women, which was one of the tool used to give out the information and what to do if there is any incidence of GBV/VAC issues in the community, kindly gave the importance of Gender and Children Desk and how to report when comes to the violation of human rights. This community awareness on GBV led to high number of GBV cases reported to Gender Desk and Social welfare Department in Tarime District due to the increase of confidence among the community members for stance in 2016. Total number of 1,324(262 men, 1062) GBV cases reported in Gender Desk in Tarime, compared to 2015 where total number of 420 (68 men, 352 women) and 2014 total number of 186 (15 men, 171 women) GBV and VAC cases reported.