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What's at stake?

"MenEngage Network Tanzania is a network of non-governmental organizations that consider gender equality with a focus on men and boys involvement based in Tanzania. CDF is a part of the MenEngage global association under the regional network MenEngage Africa”

The MenEngage Network in Tanzania is a network of non-governmental organizations that consider gender equality with a focus on men and boys involvement based in Tanzania. CDF is part of the MenEngage global association under the regional network MenEngage Africa.

Members actively supporter a number of key issues where gender directly affects the lives of girls and women, as well as boys and men. These include:

  1. Promoting sexual, reproductive health and rights
  2. Ending violence against women and girls
  3. Reducing all forms of violence between men and boys
  4. Preventing child sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and trafficking
  5. Supporting men’s positive involvement in maternal and child health, as fathers and caregivers
  6. Addressing macro-level policies that perpetuate gender inequalities


What we do

  1. Promoting (1) gender justice, (2) human rights and (3) social justice
  2. Provide a collective voice on the need to engage men and boys in gender equality
  3. Build and increase the field of practice around engaging men and boys in achieving gender justice
  4. Advocating before policymakers at national level
  5. Provide support and capacity-building to members to implement the programs run by partner organizations on gender equality, GBV prevention, HIV and AIDS prevention, fatherhood and caregiving, and social justice agendas

Our Success
Community dialogue and consultative meetings and workshops with traditional leaders, parents, guardians, teachers, community leaders and government officials

Ex. Community dialogue in Tarime May 2015 with over 40 young men, addressing CDF’s thematic areas of gender-based violence, child marriage and FGM

Capacity building and empowerment trainings through building boys clubs in school

Awareness raising campaigns by working with traditional leaders and government officials to address the harmful practices of FGM and consequences of early child marriage
Ex. In May 2015 CDF conducted a mobilization meeting in Tarime with over 300 people in attendance, including 40 community leaders, government officials, CSO representatives, as well as police officers

Media advocacy through newspaper articles & radio programs on sensitization of FGM and early child marriage
Ex. This included an article in the Daily Newspaper “Involving Men in Seeking Human Dignity” & a radio program with Clouds FM talking about the importance of involving boys and men in the promotion of women and children’s rights in Tanzania