GBV Program

Zanzibar GBV Situation Analysis

Incidents of GBV are still relatively high in Zanzibar despite notable efforts by the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar (RGoZ), other State agencies, and non-state actors, especially civil society organizations (CSOs) to redress the situation.

According to data from OCGS, a total of 1,360 GBV incidents were reported in 2022 of which, 185 (13.6%) were against women; 3 ( 0.2%) against men; and, 1,173 (86.3%) against children. Among the children GBV survivors, 889 (75.8 %) were girls, and 284 (24.2%) were boys.

Gaps that are contributing to this continuing high incidence of GBV cases include inadequate efforts to end GBV at learning institutions including madrassa, pre-schools, primary schools, secondary schools, and higher learning; insufficient engagement of men and families e.g. parents and caregivers in the GBV prevention interventions; absence of post-incarceration programs i.e. of receiving back to the communities the sexual offenders who have completed their jail terms – which could be a factor for some sexual offenders to repeat same offences; insufficient coordination mechanisms and standards of handling GBV amongst the criminal justice institutions e.g. between investigation and prosecution; insufficient skills of handling GBV cases e.g. by medical care facilities and police officers; inadequate linkages between formal (e.g. statutory) and informal (e.g. religious) prevention and protection measures, insufficient safe houses for GBV survivors who need protection, etc

ZMBF Strategic Goal


Strengthened capacity of adolescent girls and boys in fighting against GBV


Improved access of GBV survivors to support services


Enhanced enabling environment that promotes social and institutional protection for adolescent girls and boys against GBV

ZMBF’s Achievements

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The First Lady has actively led communities in promoting well-being, healthy lifestyle, and prevention of non-communicable diseases in all Regions of Unguja and Pemba through the renowned end-of-the-month walk.

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Has built the capacity of 160 GBV survivors, families, and other stakeholders and 80 GBV Shehia committee members on reporting GBV cases to the authorities and following up on the GBV cases through court procedures

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Has developed and aired radio GBV prevention jingles and developed, printed and distributed GBV prevention messages to the community in Zanzibar

ZMBF seeking to achieve

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To conduct quarterly Mariam Mwinyi Walkathon in conjunction with Afya Bora Maisha Bora medical camp in a different region of Unguja or Pemba per quarter.

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Presence of policy and legal frameworks with provisions on preventive protection of all forms of GBV in Zanzibar

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GBV survivors are confident and comfortable to access all key protection services including police, One Stop Centres, health care, legal aid, faith-based one and judiciary.

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Improved performance of multi-sectorial responses to GBV incidents including improved free-toll number/ services, digitalization of referral system, and feedback mechanisms

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Functional record management of the human DNA including, having specific laws or regulations on human DNA; the DNA databank; the DNA sample-taking skills; etc.