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ADVOCACY PLATFORM ON ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST ADOLESCENT GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN LAYS ITS FOUNDATIONS

ADVOCACY PLATFORM ON ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST ADOLESCENT GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN LAYS ITS FOUNDATIONS

Tag A Life International (TALI) and The Women’s Trust (TWT), in partnership with UN Women, The Ministry of Women Affairs Gender and Community Development, Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) and the Junior Parliament (JP) established the Advocacy Platform on Ending Violence against adolescent Girls and Young Women in Zimbabwe in February of 2015.This platform is comprises of 28 vibrant individuals who have committed to working together to amplify the campaign on Zero Tolerance to Violence Against Girls and Young Women. The platform is made up of young Honorable Members of Parliament, Junior members of parliament, Gender equality activists, Media experts, religious and traditional leaders as well as young men and women representing community voices and views.

This past week the Advocacy Platform gathered together to development a two year advocacy strategic action plan as well as further equip themselves with the neccessary information to become effective as a group.

Here is to the beginning of the end of violence against adolescent girls and young women in public and private and public places.

CELEBRATING ORANGE DAY WITH TaLI

CELEBRATING ORANGE AY WITH TaLI

Happy Orange Day, Remember to speak out against Gender Based Violence in your family, community and nation!! Stand up and encourage others to live peacefully, if they are not, report abuse and follow it up with the police. This is to Safe Private &Public spaces for girls and young women !!!

#OrangeDay #TaLIat5

The UNiTE (Orange Day) Campaign was launched by the United Nations Secretary General Ban ki Moon to End Violence against Women. It has proclaimed the 25th of each month as ‘Orange Day’, a day to raise awareness and take action against violence against women and girls. As a bright and optimistic colour, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls.

As TaLI our mission is to create a place for girl child through the inclusiveness and engagement of families, communities and other development actors educating them on their responsibilities for the realization of the rights of the girls, as well as building capacity in the young girls, unleashing their potential. We believe that the UNiTE Campaign feeds into TaLI’s mission by raising awareness around issues of gender and Gender Based Violence (GBV). The theme for the month of June is, ‘raise awareness of the need to fund initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls.’

Let’s all play our part to end violence against women and girls!!!

COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS RECOGNISES THE WORK OF ALUMNI MEMBER, TaLI DIRECTOR, NYARI MASHAYAMOMBE

COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS RECOGNISES THE WORK OF ALUMNI MEMBER, TaLI DIRECTOR, NYARI MASHAYAMOMBE

On the 16th of June every year the world commemorates the Day of the African Child. Aside from this day being used to recall the 1976 uprisings in Soweto, when a protest by school children in South Africa against apartheid –inspired education resulted in the public killing of these unarmed young protesters by police officials, this day further presents an opportunity to focus on the work of all actors committed to the rights of children on the continent, to consolidate their efforts in addressing the obstacles for realizing these rights. This day provides an occasion for Governments, International Institutions and Communities to renew their on-going commitments towards improving the plight of children by organizing activities aimed at including them.

In that line of thought Community Solutions, a professional development program for global community leaders working to make positive changes in their communities, chose to honour alumni member, TaLI Founder and Director, Nyaradzo Mashayamombe. The theme for the Day of the African Child for 2015 was, “25 Years after the Adoption of the African Children’s Charter: Accelerating our Collective Efforts to End Child Marriage in Africa” and it was under this theme that Community Solutions chose to recognise the efforts of Nyaradzo Mashayamombe through Tag a Life International, put towards ending Child marriage in Zimbabwe.

Nyaradzo Mashayamombe has more than 7 years of experience working for the rights of girls, 5 years of which she has been working with and through her organisation TaLI to ‘Make the world a safe place for the Girl Child’ through addressing issues of inequality, gender based violence, advocacy and lobbying, Promoting Child Participation, HIV and AIDS Prevention and Management in young women, addressing SRHR and providing abused girls with psycho-social support. She is one of two coordinators for Zimbabwe ‘Girls Not Brides’, a global campaign to end child marriages and has dedicated her life to improving the lives of girls.

TaLI'S STANCE ON THE UTTERANCES OF PROSECUTOR GENERAL, JOHANNES TOMANA , ON AGE OF SEXUAL CONSENT

TaLI'S STANCE ON THE UTTERANCES OF PROSECUTOR GENERAL, JOHANNES TOMANA , ON AGE OF SEXUAL CONSENT

This is what TaLI Director & Founder Nyarii Mashayamombe had to say Live on ZTV regarding the utterances of Mr Tomana on Child Sex and Marriages. Lets speak out Zimbabwe and World, No to ‪#‎ChildMarriages‬!

COMMEMORATING THE DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD: 16 JUNE 2015

Today is the 16 of June 2015 and we commemorating the Day of the African Child. This occasion is firstly a commemoration to recall the 1976 uprising s in Soweto, when a protest by school children in South Africa against apartheid –inspired education resulted in the public killing of these unarmed young protesters by police officials. Today the Day of the African Child further presents an opportunity for us to focus on the work of all actors committed to the rights of children on the continent, to consolidate their efforts in addressing the obstacles for realizing these rights. This day provides an occasion for Governments, International Institutions and Communities to renew their on-going commitments towards improving the plight of children by organizing activities aimed at including them. Every year ,a theme is identified by the Committee and adopted by the Executive Council. The theme for the Day of the African Child (DAC ) 2015 is :- “25 Years after the Adoption of the African Children’s Charter: Accelerating our Collective Efforts to End Child Marriage in Africa” which will be commemorated by bringing together those affected by and working to end child marriage such as community leaders, traditional, religious leaders, girls affected by child marriage and key stakeholders. Join Tag a Life international and the rest of the world as we fight to end Child marriage, enough is enough!!!

COMMEMORATING THE DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD: 16 JUNE 2015 (2)

Today is the 16 of June 2015 and we commemorating the Day of the African Child. This occasion is firstly a commemoration to recall the 1976 uprising s in Soweto, when a protest by school children in South Africa against apartheid –inspired education resulted in the public killing of these unarmed young protesters by police officials. Today the Day of the African Child further presents an opportunity for us to focus on the work of all actors committed to the rights of children on the continent, to consolidate their efforts in addressing the obstacles for realizing these rights. This day provides an occasion for Governments, International Institutions and Communities to renew their on-going commitments towards improving the plight of children by organizing activities aimed at including them. Every year ,a theme is identified by the Committee and adopted by the Executive Council. The theme for the Day of the African Child (DAC ) 2015 is :- “25 Years after the Adoption of the African Children’s Charter: Accelerating our Collective Efforts to End Child Marriage in Africa” which will be commemorated by bringing together those affected by and working to end child marriage such as community leaders, traditional, religious leaders, girls affected by child marriage and key stakeholders. Join Tag a Life international and the rest of the world as we fight to end Child marriage, enough is enough!!!

SLEEPOVERS - THE FUN AND DANGERS

SLEEPOVERS - THE FUN AND DANGERS

Our Founder and Director, Miss Nyari Mashayamombe, was quoted recently in the H-Metro in an article that was looking at the positives and negatives of allowing our children to having sleepovers. The article also went on give advice to parents and guardians on the measures that they could take in an effort to protect their children in the case that they did attend a sleepover.

This is the response Miss Mashayamombe gave when asked for her opinion on the matter: "There should be checks and balances between parents. If I am releasing my child then I need to have a relationship with whoever is hosting my child. Also I need to know who is going to be a part of the sleepover. There definitely has to be someone responsible watching over the kids. Sometimes parents release their children to go for a sleepover and when they get there it's another story. They go these pool parties, smoke and have sex. Some children have their drinks spiked, some get drunk, drive and get involved in accidents. So it is very important for parents to be involved. If you instil responsibility, you are more engaging and responsible as a parent and you teach your children the same things and when they get to a sleepover they will not be coerced into indulging in such things." - Our Founder and Director Nyari Mashayamombe quoted in the H-Metro

ARE WOMEN IN MINISKIRTS ASKING TO BE RAPED?

ARE WOMEN IN MINISKIRTS ASKING TO BE RAPED?

As Tag a Life International we have noticed with growing concern that the number cases of girls and women being stripped in public places is increasing at an alarming rate.
In December of 2014, a young woman, was stripped and harassed at the formerly known as the 4th street bus Terminus, with the touts claiming the dress she was wearing was too short. This case sparked a lot out-rage and brought up a very important question, ‘who constitutes what a miniskirt is?’ As an organisation we are passionate about people, girls in particular knowing and claiming their rights, whether they be girls’ and womens’ rights, Sexual Reproductive Health rights and most important Human Rights. We believe that no one has the right to enforce their own beliefs and preferences upon another and we all the constitutional right to for every Zimbabwean, including women and girls to express themselves the way they want.
Our Founder and Director Miss Nyaradzo Mashayamombe commented recently concerning the stripping of girls in the Newsday, a Zimbabwean Newspaper:
" The issue of harassment, violence, and bullying, booing, undressing and hailing insults at women is a reflection of lawlessness and the tolerance thereof in Zimbabwe."
https://www.newsday.co.zw/2014/10/10/women-miniskirts-asking-rape/

ARE WOMEN IN MINISKIRTS ASKING TO BE RAPED? (2)

ARE WOMEN IN MINISKIRTS ASKING TO BE RAPED?

As Tag a Life International we have noticed with growing concern that the number cases of girls and women being stripped in public places is increasing at an alarming rate.
In December of 2014, a young woman, was stripped and harassed at the formerly known as the 4th street bus Terminus, with the touts claiming the dress she was wearing was too short. This case sparked a lot out-rage and brought up a very important question, ‘who constitutes what a miniskirt is?’ As an organisation we are passionate about people, girls in particular knowing and claiming their rights, whether they be girls’ and womens’ rights, Sexual Reproductive Health rights and most important Human Rights. We believe that no one has the right to enforce their own beliefs and preferences upon another and we all the constitutional right to for every Zimbabwean, including women and girls to express themselves the way they want.
Our Founder and Director Miss Nyaradzo Mashayamombe commented recently concerning the stripping of girls in the Newsday, a Zimbabwean Newspaper:
" The issue of harassment, violence, and bullying, booing, undressing and hailing insults at women is a reflection of lawlessness and the tolerance thereof in Zimbabwe."
https://www.newsday.co.zw/2014/10/10/women-miniskirts-asking-rape/

TaLI MAKING KWEKWE A SAFE PLACE FOR THE GIRL CHILD

 

The Executive Director and Founder for Tag a Life International (TaLI) Miss Nyaradzo Mashayamombe advocated for the rights of girls to be taken into serious consideration through working with all significant people in a girl’s life including boys, men, families and communities.

PEPFAR supported Tag a Life International in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, National AIDS Council of Zimbabwe and the City Council of Kwekwe to hold a 3 day training at Tropicana Hotel in Kwekwe in an attempt to equip community members and young people with skills and information on Gender Sensitization/ Gender Based Violence, Girls Rights, Psycho - social support and Community Engagement on Girls Right.

251 participants were trained with the main objective being to empowering community members with the necessary information in an effort to prevent Gender Based Violence and thus contributing towards the eradication of HIV and AIDS. Amongst the participants,143 of whom were young people comprised of both boys, who are to  defend the rights of girls, and girls aged 9 to 18, from the 21 Resettlement Wards of  Kwekwe with some wards sitting at the borders of Matabeleland North like Nkayi.

The number of girls in rural areas dropping out of school to get married has been escalating, with poverty being cited as the major driver, 65% of rural girls are married or impregnated before the age of 19, thus denying them a chance for education.

“There are several negative effects of teenage pregnancy which include girls dropping out of school as well as their  health being compromised due to the fact that their bodies are not ready for child birth thus leading them to suffer from complications such as obstetric fistula, whereby a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder is created  due to  prolonged obstructed labor, leaving the mother incontinent of urine or faeces or both.” said the Executive Director and Founder for Tag a Life International, Miss Nyaradzo Mashayamombe.

Addressing the participants during the training, Kwekwe District Administrator Mr Mutikizizi encouraged those who were being trained to fulfil their duties because of the position they have in the community and for the betterment of the girl child in their communities and the nation as a whole.

“Everyone in this auditorium has been selected to represent their community for a purpose and not to tarnish the image of the organisation (TaLI)  which is implementing on the ground. Let us do what the government wants us to do in terms of service delivery” said Mr Mutikizizi.

He added that there was a need for each and everyone there present to do his or her work whole heartedly and to work in a spirit of truth and love whilst serving in the community.

According to the numerous reports, religious and cultural practices factors have been cited as some of the factors that have resulted in the increase of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), examples of these cultural practices include polygamy in some apostolic sects which places pre-adolescent and adolescent girls at risk of exposure to HIV and other STIs. Social and urban changes in values as well as limited access to Reproductive Health Services also contribute to the surge in STI cases.

Shamiso (not her real name), who was part of the training, was in tears as she shared a story of her friend after the Executive Director and Founder for Tag a Life International Miss Nyaradzo Mashayamombe gave a presentation on harmful cultural practises.

The young girl said that she was touched with the issue of early forced child marriages as she had witnessed her orphaned and vulnerable friend being  forced by her grandmother to get married to a person whom she did not want. Her grandmother threatened her friend by saying that if she did not like to get married she would suffer the consequences; even when her young friend tried give her reason for why she did not want to be married, her grandmother still deemed it as a preposterous excuse and her young friend, unfortunately, had to act in accordance with her grandmother’s decision.

“With the information l now have from Tag a Life International l am encouraging parents to protect the rights of girls and not to force them to do things which they do not want to do” said Shamiso, a 15 year old girl.

TaLI AND ZVISHAVANE COMMUNITY WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THE GIRLCHILD

Executive Director and Founder of Tag a Life International (TaLI), Miss Nyaradzo Mashayamombe recently co ordinated the training of 214 Community Peer Educators and children over a two day training session  at Kandodo Hall in Zvishavane with support from Presidential Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The training was from the 6th of February 2015 to the 7th of February 2015.
The objectives of the training were to empower community members with information on Gender Based Violence, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and HIV, Child Abuse and Child Participation in an effort to prevent Gender Based Violence against thus the eradication of HIV and AIDS.
 TaLI Executive Director Miss Nyaradzo Mashayamombe, along with representatives from the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, ZRP, National AIDS Council and District Child Welfare and Probation Services facilitated at the workshop
It was reported that at grade 7, many young girls do not go to school as a result of early forced marriages and some of them might be victims of unintended pregnancy.
“Girls need to know their rights; this will enable them to have a better life.  At grade 7 many girls do not go school because of early forced marriages or because they have fallen pregnant. Girls need to remember the reason they are in school, to equip themselves with information and skills to make right and informed decisions”, said Miss Mashayamombe.
Miss Mashayamombe also spoke about various hardships and challenges that girls face especially in terms of them getting a decent education and she encouraged the community to afford equal opportunities to both girl and boys.
“It is important to promote gender equality in our communities because this allows for equal opportunities for development, it makes work easier, there is a reduction in violence and it improves the nation as whole,” she added.
Mr. Jaravani, the National AIDS Council District AIDS Coordinator, told the TaLI Director that he was happy to have such an organization working in his district as there were no organizations focusing mainly on Gender and Sexual Reproductive Health. He further explained that many girls are indulging in commercial sex work, with some migrating to Beitbridge in an endeavor to make a living. Zvishavane town has an approximate population of 2000 cross border truck drivers who pass through the town on their way to South Africa, and it through these trucks that the girls find their way to Beitbridge. These truck drivers even sexually abuse these young girls as payment of free transport to the border.

“Young girls who are having sex in return of money did not have adequate Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, HIV and AIDS information and it through such organizations such as TaLI who will empower these young girls and in turn prevent and fight the spread new HIV Infections” said Mr. Jaravani the District AIDS Coordinator.
Amongst the participants was Chief Vengai Mapindire of Guruguru village who said that  behaviors of young girls are a result of knowledge gap on Sexuality, HIV and AIDS as well as inadequate information on entrepreneurship.
“Parents and the community need to help young girls by introducing entrepreneurship skills and youth centers must be revived so that it will be the best place for equipping young girls with such skills so that we will achieve zero New HIV Infections.” said Chief Mapindire

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