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National Child Marriage Free Zone Campaign

Launch of the National Child Marriage Campaign “Child Marriage free Zone Campaign”

On August 26th 2014, Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF) and Tanzania Ending Child Marriage Network in collaboration with UNFPA Tanzania, Graca Machel Trust (GMT), Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) and the Ministry of Community Development Gender and Children, launched the National Campaign to End Child Marriage in Tanzania, with the campaing Child Marriage Free Zone Campaign which piloted in the Mara Region where CDF is directly working within the communities to address the issues of child marriage and FGM. The campaign was launched by Ms. Graca Machel, the Chairperson of Graca Machel Trust (GMT).

This event mark an important day, bringing together high level dignitaries, including former president Hon. Benjamin Mkapa, Former Prime Minister Joseph Warioba, Head of UN agencies, development partners from the European Union and the Department for International Development (DFID), regional and district commissioners, as well as several young women and girls.

CDF also launched the campaign at the local level in the Tarime District on October 10th 2014 to mark the International Day of the Girl Child, following the success of the previous campaign. This launch at a district level, also included several activities & trainings for empowerment, resulting in the creation of 30 girls clubs, as well as several workshops with traditional & community leaders.