End Violence Against Children
The Global Partnership and Fund
Tanzania launches ‘next generation’ National Action Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children
Pictured: From left to right- Maniza Zaman- UNICEF Representative, H.E. Ummy Mwalimu- Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Alvaro Rodriguez- Resident Coordinator, and Maria Karadenizli- Acting Representative for UN Women.
On December 13, H.E. Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children and Co-chair of the Founding Board of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, presided over the launch of Tanzania’s ground-breaking National Plan of Action to end violence against women and children (20172022) in Dar es Salaam. The Plan provides a comprehensive and coordinated effort to prevent and respond to violence. It cuts across all levels, sectors and regions and commits to address discriminatory legislation and will ensure national laws comply with international conventions on the rights of women and children.
Tanzania is the first pathfinding country in Africa under the Partnership to prepare an integrated plan to end violence against women and children. The Plan aligns with the Partnership , its principles and the package of seven evidence based strategies for ending violence. Together these provide a platform to help deliver on Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals, in particular target 16.2 on ending all forms of violence against children and SDG 5.2 on elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.
The new National Plan highlights the need for a multisectoral approach with interventions ranging from household economic strengthening, women's economic empowerment and access to justice for survivors and victims. It further promotes the engagement of parents and caregivers in ending violence and interventions for ending violence against children in schools.
An important feature of the National Plan of Action is that it calls for comprehensive protection system and emphasizes the need for increased engagement of men and boys. It also addresses social and cultural norms and is budgeted in the national budget.
The National Plan is being costed for five years which will ensure the mobilization of funds from the government and garner partner support for the plan.