TaLI Children’s Human Rights Awards
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TaLI Children’s Human Rights Awards
Tag a Life International as an organization that values the importance of volunteers and is founded on the value that; ‘it takes a village to raise a Child,’ As an organisation that also heavily basis its work in either schools or communities with volunteers, it saw it fit to create Awards for individuals who protect, fight and advance the rights of girls in their communities. Over the years, the organisation has trained female and male teachers in schools to run empowerment clubs together with girls and boys, to promote the rights of girls. The organisation further believes in community effort and contribution in fighting for these rights hence it also works with mature men and women to create community dialogues within these organisation that seek to address the rights of girls and address negative religious and cultural practices that are retrogressive.
The belief of this value is that it takes a village to raise a child and in Shona we would say ‘chara chimwe hachitswanyi inda,’ therefore, input by all volunteers is significant and valuable. We are always finding ways to foster that value in ensuring that volunteers make the best out of demonstrating altruism and selflessness in being community champions for the Rights of the girl child and young women. To that, the organisation launched its first ever TCHR Awards; TaLI Children’s Human Rights Awards, which were presented to human rights defenders focusing on children from different communities TaLI Dinner in October 2015.
The TaLI Awards presented at the Ceremony included the following categories:
- 1. “Ubuntu Communal Effort Award” a community award for communities that collectively work towards the attainment of Girl Child rights.
- 2. Tsitsi Stacey Munjoma Child Protection Award – (To honour the late 10 years old, Tsitsi Stacey Munjoma who was raped and subsequently murdered in 2013). This is an award that recognizes individuals that effortlessly work towards the protection of the Girl Child in our communities. Individuals who speak out against abuse, assist children to report cases, naming and shaming perpetrators through working with local NGOs, police or anyone who cares about child protection.
- 3. Humanitarian Child Rights Award- Awarded to a media personality who has championed the girl child and GBV issues in the last year.
- 4. Child Rights Champion Award- To honour Gender Equality Activists in our communities and societies who have out rightly spoken against abuse of children especially girls, who have advocated through their local leaders, community leaders or national leaders for girl child rights.
- 5. Girl Leadership Award- Awarded to honour individuals and organizations that work towards the empowerment of girls. These vary from Economic, Social and Political participation and empowerment.
- 6. The Girl Child Achiever of the Year: was to acknowledge the effort and hard work put in by a girl child during the year and to motivate other girls to achieve much and realize that there are no limits. This award is was not open to nominations and the organizers identified girls who had excelled during that year. The Award was presented to Maud Chifamba, an amazing and intelligent young woman. The TaLI Awards are meant to recognise and encourage the amazing work that volunteers in TaLI and all individuals from other organizations, Institutions and sectors who champion the rights of the girl child and advance them in communities all around Zimbabwe.
The winners included Shamba Primary School, Sithembile Dube, Tapiwa Zivira, Cosmos Rongoti and Faith Sizalobuhle Madhlala. The Girl Child Achiever Award went to non other than Maud Chifamba, the wiz-kid who defied all odds to be the youngest to be enrolled in University.
Recognition is an integral part which facilitates continued positive behavior and borrowing from a Psychological concept by Skinner, Positive reinforcement in the form of affirmation, acknowledgement and compliment facilitates continued behaviour and as TaLI we look at sustainability and value individuals who will continue advancing the rights of the girl Child. Tag a Life International continues to identify outstanding individuals who will deserve to be awarded at the net ceremony. That person can be YOU! Join TaLI in making the world a safe place for the girl child, do extraordinary things that facilitate the advancements of the girl child rights.