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Tanzania Ending Child Marriage Network (TECMN)

The Tanzanian Ending Child Marriage Network (TECMN) is a coalition of 35 CSO’s working together to end child marriage in Tanzania. It was launched on the commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child, on the 11th of October 2012. CDF holds the secretariat of the TECMN.

The main purposes & objectives of this network are as follows:

  1. To increase awareness of the harmful impact of the child marriage at community, national & international levels
  2. To advocate for policy reforms to end child marriage and resource mobilization to support married girls and girls at risk
  3. 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