Leadership, Participation and Confidence Building
- Parent Category: ROOT
Young people’s rights and opinions particularly those of girls are often overlooked when important decisions affecting their lives are made about basic services such as education,` healthcare, agriculture and welfare. Yet our experience shows that when given the opportunity to hold authorities to account, young people can take a crucial role in improving their communities. Children’s participation is vital. Learning how to participate as citizens builds young people’s skills today, and lays the foundations for good governance in the future. Our girls have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives in the Home, School, Community, their Country and the World. They should learn to occupy their spaces while they are young to be able to claim their rights, to speak out against practices that oppress them. As TaLI we support child participation and believe that as a Girl Child Rights organization, it is our responsibility to create such platforms and culture for girls to be heard and to learn to interact with other citizens in claiming their citizenry rights.
Young people need to groomed and taught to be assertive too. Girls in Zimbabwe just as most African countries grow up in a society that discourages their assertiveness even concerning their own protection. It is a common practice in Zimbawe to find girls who cannot tell a boy or a man not to abuse them. It is even common according to research that 74% of girls in Zimbabwe are raped by their intimate partners and do not report the abuse. This is as a result of lack of self-assertiveness and the ability to speak out against violation of their rights. Girls are not confident to say what they want or do not want. TaLI exists to make sure that every girl is taught to be able to speak out, to be assertive and confident to claim her rights, to speak against abuse and hold perpetrators accountable!
Girls also, as Citizens have the right to leadership in their families, communities, schools and in the country. The reasons we have less women in positions of authority and power is because girls are not taught to lead from the young age. They cannot suddenly wake up assertive and capable leaders if they were never taught about leadership when they were young, or if they were never availed opportunities to lead and to be heard. TaLI realizes that it is important that girls begin to be groomed for leadership as they enter adolescents. This pillar in our work makes sure that girls are included.