He made the appeal yesterday during the Violence against Children (VAC) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) risks assessment, mitigation strategy workshop held in the district, Iringa region, which was organized by SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania.
He said it was the moral duty of parents, guardians and the community to take care of the children to make sure they provide food, shelter, education, clothing and medical care, hence promotion of children’s protection.
Jamhuri said by not providing children with such necessities it was a form of violence against children, taking into account that Mufindi District is one of the districts in the country with a bad record with regard to violence against children and violence against women.
“We should not shun our responsibilities as parents, guardians and the community because by so doing we are making children run away from homes and become streets children,” he noted.
He added that not only child maltreatment which includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional and psychological abuse and neglect but also not taking a child to school, not providing health care, not giving food and clothes are part and parcel violence against children.
For his part, Mufindi District Council Social Welfare Officer Nyamara Elisha said despite interventions made by the district council to fight child abuse, incidents of violence against children were increasing.
He said child abuse includes any act or failure to act by a parent or other caregiver that results in actual or potential harm to a child, and can occur in a child's home or in organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with.
Elisha said that there were about 39 incidents of VAC which occurred in Mufindi Dictrict between March 2017 and July 2018 including rape, child defilement and pregnancies.
He added that by working in collaboration with Para social workers (PSW) and other stakeholders, they can help people to increase resources and delivery of foundational social welfare services at the community level.
Acting Programme Coordinator for Women Empowerment and Children’s Rights in Mufindi District Victor Mwaipungu said gender desks set up in police stations at community level were for women and children to report cases of physical and sexual abuse to specially trained policewomen as part of the authorities' efforts to tackle gender violence in the country.
Mwaipungu said the assessment risks workshop brought together law-enforcers, professionals, policy implementers, ward executive officers, Para-social workers (PSW) and children from Mufindi and Mafinga districts.