This was said recently by the Action for Justice in Society (AJISO) managing director, Virginia Silao, during a meeting organised to receive a special report on how cases of violence against children are handled in Ilala district.
Silayo said that society has a role to play to ensure that the rights of children are protected, saying that it is high time people stop depending on the government to curb the vice.
During the meeting which took place at Mbonea secondary school in Kivule area in Ilala district, she said that her organisation has taken the responsibility of educating the public on the importance of reporting cases of violence against children, and how to make sure that the rights of children are not violated.
"Apart from the public learning about protection of children's rights, schools should also make sure they teach children about their rights and how they can report any act of violence, whether in school or at home," she said.
The committee dubbed MTAKUWWA from Kivule ward in Ilala Municipality while presenting its report stated that implementation of the project highlights strategies to fight violence against children and women in the country.
Presenting the report, one of the committee members, Mark Mwarabu, who is also the Mbonea Secondary School Headmaster, said that through efforts of the committee, children at the school are now aware of their rights, going a step further and creating a club which has the sole responsibility of dealing with such cases.
"Tuwalinde Club, which was created in March this year, has recorded significant success, because the members, who are children themselves, have been able to offer education on children's rights to their fellow students and their families at home," he said.
The club's patron, Nasemba Jones, who is also a teacher at the school, said that the club is very active, and currently the students take seriously all matters related to violence against women and children.
"The creation of the club has enabled us to identify and deal with cases of violence against children which occur in the school or at home," she said.
Vincent Odero, the Procurement Officer from the Ilala Municipal Council and who was also the guest of honor at the event, highlighted the need for the society to respect the rights of children.
He said that with the initiative shown by Ilala and particularly the MTAKUWWA committee, it should act as an inspiration to other councils in the country.