LHRC Gender and Children Unit
- A girl child aged 13 was forced into marriage at 12 to another child who was 14. The two have been living as husband and wife following a move by parents of both sides to exchange dowry. The so called husband and wife who are all minors anyhow have been living at the boy’s parent’s house with the girl being assigned to perfom all domestic chores including cattle herding. Sometimes in July 2014, the girl child went to herd the family cattle when a fight emerged between the herds and reported the matter to the husband who got so angry at her that he took a machete and slashed the girl on the back of her neck. The girl was seriously wounded and was admitted at the district hospital for treatment. A team from the LHRC paid the girl a visit and managed to visit families of the two and efforts are still underway to arrest the husband. Help us curb domestic violence and child marriage by contributing to the LHRC’s cause.
ACTIVITIES GENDER & CHILDREN UNIT
i).Gender mainstreaming within LHRC programs and through all our engagements with Paralegals, Human Rights Monitors and Village Legal Workers at grassroots level.
ii).Advocacy and reforms of laws and policies that violates women and children rights. Specifically advocating for enactment of a Gender based violence act to combat and protect women and girl children from gender violence.
iii).Implementation of the UNWomen Election Project. The project intends to strengthen the capacity of women, youth and people with disabilities to participate in election and political leadership. LHRC will be working in 12 districts namely; Mbinga, Songea rural, Bariadi, Maswa, Rorya, Tarime, Serengeti, Tandahimba, Meatu, Masasi, Newala and Nyasa.
iv).Increase awareness of women and children’s rights through media by conducting programs on TV stations, radio, publications and advocacy materials such as handouts and leaflets as well as articles on newspapers.
v).Commemoration of International days such as
a)Zero Tolerance Day on FGM every 6th of February, Theme: “Ukeketaji Haukubaliki Hauvumiliki Acha"
b)Women’s day every 8th March, Theme: “Chochea mabadiliko kuleta usawa wa kijinsia’’.
c)African Child Day every 16th June, Theme:‘‘Elimu Bora, Rafiki, Bure ni Haki ya kila Mtoto’’.
d)Human Rights Day every 10th December
vi).Follow up of reported issues on GBV and children’s rights violations.
vii).Coordination of the Anti FGM coalition. The coalition is made up of 13 organisations namely:
i.Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA)
ii. Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA),
iii. Anti Female Genital Mutilation (AFNET),
iv. Women Wake Up (WOWAP),
v.Dodoma Inter-African Committee (DIAC),
vi.Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT),
vii.Baraza Kuu la Waislam Tanzania (BAKWATA),
viii.National Anti-FGM Network (NAFGEM),
ix. World Vision Tanzania (WVT)
x.Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC).
xi.Women’S Legal Aid Centre (WLAC)
xii.Children Dignity Forum (CDF)
xiii.House of Peace