This is a very sensitive area concerning Childs rights and protection, they are also the most vulnerable members of the society as they depend entirely on the adult members of society. It is thus of paramount importance that the lives and welfare of children are protected. In Tanzania Child rights are governed by Law of the Child Act, 2009, section 4 defines a child as any person below eighteen years, further, the law states that in all considerations regarding this child the best interest of the child shall be of a primary Consideration.

Apart from this domestic law, there are also regional instruments for the protection of the rights and welfare of the child. In Africa, there is the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, 1990. This is a human rights instrument specific for the African child, stipulating the rights of this child and duties of African states and societies in protecting and promoting the rights. There is controversy, however, over the definition of a child. Different countries define a child differently in their domestic laws. This may be the reason why even the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child has intentionally avoided providing a clear definition of a child Article 1 of the Convention states that: “For the purpose of the Present Convention, a child means every human being below the age of eighteen years unless, under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier.”


Kigoma Women Development (KIWODE) would like to thank THRDC Secretariat and management in general for every guide that the coalition gives us as an organization. We had a Certificate of Registration rules 1954 named Kigoma Women Development Group, but after your efficient guide, we were able to change this certificate. Our new name is Kigoma Women Development Organization under the certificate of registration from the ministry of community development, gender and children.

We are in rural areas and it’s hard for us to easily get informed. Thanks to THRDC for making it easy for us to receive information from all over the country through training and workshops.

Special Thanks goes to the National Coordinator of THRDC, Mr Onesmo Olengurumwa for his endless support to the KIWODE team. It wouldn’t have been possible without him.KIWODE team promises to work hand in hand in reaching society and performing its duties.

Sophia Patrick
Director - KIWODE, Human Rights