03 August 2017

National Plan of Action to End Violence Against Women and Children in Zanzibar 2017-2022

The National Plan of Action represents a clear commitment by the Government of Zanzibar to eliminate violence against women and children and outlines the evidence based and costed interventions planned to be implemented over the next five years to address violence against women and children. The National Plan of Action represents the culmination of a significant political and social movement in recent years towards addressing violence against women and children in Zanzibar. In 2015 Zanzibar received the distinguished Gold Future Policy Award for its Children’s Act 2011 and in 2016 the United Republic of Tanzania was nominated as a Pathfinder Country under the new Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. Key targets to address violence against women and children have been included in the national five year strategy for growth and poverty reduction and a national public awareness has been launched to encourage community mobilization in addressing violence against women and children. An innovative feature of the new National Plan of Action is that, for the first time in Zanzibar, it promotes an integrated approach to violence against women and children. It recognizes the clear intersections that exist between violence against women and violence against children and seeks to establish a national system that can comprehensively prevent and respond to violence against both women and children in a coordinated and complimentary manner. Report and summary available.