Violence against women and girls (VAWGs) is a cross cutting issue, as it is an obstacle to the achievement of equality, development and peace. Violence against women both violates and impairs or nullifies women’s enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms. Being a cross cutting issue, MikonoYetu works in networks, coalitions and partnerships in efforts to eradicate VAWGs.
"Empowerment of women and equality between women and men are prerequisites for achieving political, social, economic, cultural and environmental security among all peoples” - United Nations
Tanzanian Law on Gender-based Violence: The Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania has passed laws to support the equal rights of each person, regardless of gender. This means that women and men have the same human rights, including the right to security and justice. The government also established the ‘Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance’, which attempts to combat violence against women and children. Although this is an important step in the right direction, women and their communities still require education on women's rights, as well as the laws that exist to protect them.