ABOUT Tag A Life INTERNATIONAL
Tag a Life International Trust(TaLI) is a Zimbabwean Girls and Young Women’s Rights organization whose mandate is to ‘Make the World a Safe Place for them’ through an Inclusive approach. TaLI implements under three pillars thus ‘Prevention, Interventions and Advocacy’. Inspired by her own childhood challenges after growing up in rural Zimbabwe, Ms Nyaradzo Mashayamombe founded and registered the non profit as a Trust in 2010.
The ‘Prevention’ works not only with girls and young women, but also with boys, men, women and community leaders, in addressing socio-economic, religious and cultural rights of girls especially religious and cultural practices that expose them to gender based violence, discrimination and inequalities. The organization builds the capacity of girls through training of trainers which consists of the girls themselves, boys and teachers who in turn run empowerment clubs in their schools and communities. To date the organization has trained more than 76 schools, where girls, boys and teachers are empowered with skills and knowledge to advocate for the rights of young women in their communities and to run projects that promote equal rights for girls through empowerment clubs in these schools.
To ensure an inclusiveness approach in addressing the sexism, inequalities, exclusion and patriarchy which perpetuates the violation of their rights, TaLI works with communities, boys and men, religious and cultural leaders. Close to 500 community youth leaders (young women and young men) have been also trained to run community dialogues on the rights of girls and young women addressing issues of sexual violence, negative religious and cultural practices such as child marriage which are rampant in Zimbabwe, rape, exclusion of girls from leadership opportunities including democratic processes. The organization realizes the impact the elderly community members have in fighting for girls’ rights and it has trained more than three hundred men and women called Community Peer Educators to initiative dialogues among themselves educating each other about the rights of girls and young women for the development of their communities.
The ‘Interventions’ provides survivors of abuse and trauma with services such as basic counselling, linking survivors with health services for emotional and medical purposes such as access to Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent HIV and infections in girls. The organization provides post trauma psycho social support to rape and abuse victims and to date more than two hundred girls have been assisted.
The third pillar, a critical component of TaLI is its ‘Advocacy’ work which works to change laws and policies to promote the rights of girls. It played a critical role in the outlawing of Child Marriages in Zimbabwe recently as a former Girls Not Brides Coordinator for Zimbabwe. The organization ran an Advocacy Platform to end Gender Based Violence against girls and young women in private and publics spaces jointly with The Women’s Trust and United Nations Women. The platform consisted of 30members who included Parliamentarians, young women and men, religious and traditional leaders, journalists, women’s activists. The organization works with other groups and coalition within Zimbabwe, Africa and the globe to advocate for the rights of young women.
TaLI work is often supported by International Donors, Local donors, individuals and companies, as well as embassies that invest in girls’ advancement.