In March 2017, World Vision International launched a five-year global campaign to help end violence against children. The campaign is responding to an issue that affects over one billion children every year in every country, including Tanzania. It is a problem that not only harms each child, it also jeopardizes their future survival, health and education.
The Campaign in Tanzania
In Tanzania, World Vision is focusing our efforts on ending Child Marriage. According to the Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey from 2015, 31% of girls between the ages of 20 and 24 get married before their 18th birthday. This is a wide-spread problem which we can observe nationally and is especially prevalent in most of the regions where we are working in Tanzania. These regions includes Shinyanga, Tabora, Simiyu, Dodoma, Morogoro, Singida, Kagera, Tanga, Arusha, Manyara, Kigoma, Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro.
Through the campaign, we look forward to celebrating the following results;
- Children protect themselves from child marriage
- Families and communities positively prevent and respond to child marriage and engage with duty bearers
- Vibrant Citizen movements engage duty bearers and mobilize rights holders to promote the rights of children
- Adolescents and children have increased access to vocational and life skills training, quality education, health services, and livelihood opportunities
- Laws and policies that protect children are enacted and enforced
You can learn more about the campaign here.