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ZNCWC was established in 1968 in response to the growing number of children who were living in difficult circumstances. ZNCWC is the umbrella body for the child rights sector and coordinates the child rights sector in Zimbabwe. Its major thrust is lobbying and advocacy, capacity building of membership, quality assurance on child oriented initiatives, child participation and research. The membership of ZNCWC currently stands at 150 organisations.

Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children

Contact: Rev. Fr.Taylor Nyanhete
Phone: +263 772430450 / 263 715480109
Address: 83 Bishop Gaul Avenue, Milton Park, Harare, Zimbabwe


Zimbabwe is a source, transit and destination country for the trafficking of children subjected to sexual exploitation; girls who live on the border with neighbouring countries, such as South Africa, Mozambique, and Zambia are sexually exploited in brothels catering to long-distance truck drivers on both sides of the borders.

A 2016 study conducted by the Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children concluded that 64.6% of women who work in the sex industry started to be sexually exploited below the age of 18.


ECPAT International
ECPAT Regional Workshop 2023: In-Depth Event Review

Year: 2023

ECPAT International
Maerano Netsika Ye Kushandiswa Kwevana Pabonde

Year: 2019


Age of Consent

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Extraterritoriality & Extradition


Extraterritorial jurisdiction is only recognised under specific laws for CSAM related offences (active extraterritoriality under section 166A(1-c) of the Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill) and trafficking offences (active and passive extraterritoriality under sections 7a and 7d of the Trafficking in Persons Act. Double criminality is not required.

Extraditable offences are those established in agreements ratified by Zimbabwe (Section 2 of the Extradition Act). In the absence of an agreement, extraditable offences are those crimes punished with at least one year of imprisonment under the law of the requesting country and which constitute an offence punishable under the law in Zimbabwe (Section 14 of the Extradition Act). Double criminality applies in these cases, although the Extradition Act contemplates the possibility of excluding double criminality in the framework of an extradition agreement under Section 2.

Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act of Zimbabwe, Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill, Trafficking in Persons Act, Extradition Act, 2004, 2019 ,2014 (status as of 2016), 1982 (status as of 1997)

CSAM Definition

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Background Check Required

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National Commitments

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Child Advocacy Centers

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SEC Police Unit

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Protection Standards Travel and Tourism

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Public SEC Case Data

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