TaLI Statement on the International Women’s Day 2017
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TaLI Statement on the International Women’s Day
The International Women’s Day on the 8th of March this year 2017, reminds us of the successes, the strides, efforts and commitments women and girls themselves have achieved for their own emancipation. It enables us to reflect on the efforts made by government such as Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 to enhance the lives of women and girls. We reminisce on attainments by the civic society to speak and rep-resent those without voices including fighting for a gender constitution like the 2013 one. Passions are reignited and plans to continue with the work and to do better. All these actions look like supporting this year’s global theme #BeBoldForChange.
Countries such as Zimbabwe still grapple with many challenges, chief among them financial resources to ensure funding of the implementation of all laws such as the new Constitution of Zimbabwe, policies and national action plans that seek to improve the lives of women and girls, and to eliminate violence and discrimination. The recent national budget has a significant amount of money towards funding education, a good gesture from the Minister of Finance Patrick Chinamasa, however we still have hundreds of thousands of young people out of school who need free education which is enshrined in the constitution. The government of Zimbabwe still suffers setbacks in its national plans to execute best education for all, with the recently launched curricu-lum seen by many as failing to address in its implementation, the realities of many scholars who come from poor families, and the economic struggles that have been caused by job looses in the current environment in Zimbabwe with more than 90% of citizens being unemployed. Girls suffer the brunt of lack of access to education and when that happens, there is increase in child marriages, human trafficking, sexual exploitation, child labor, of which these all add up to increase in HIV incidences, pov-erty among many of their vulnerabilities.
Girls and young women also face challenges in finding role models, mentors, spon-sors and people who can support their efforts for their advancement. When girls have mentors, sponsors and supporters, they can make right decisions about their own ca-reers and sexual reproductive health, they can achieve greatness in life. Young wom-en who have someone who points them in the right direction and sometimes opens doors of opportunities are able to compete with their male counterparts, who often have access to mentors and sponsors including a social setup that supports them from birth.
This year as in our tradition including the previous few years, TaLI is taking some #BeBoldForChange steps in partnership with Vital Voices, a Global organisation which works to promote women leadership, in hosting a Mentorship programme on the 8th of March 2016 at the University of Zimbabwe(UZ) for students from the UZ and Women’s University in Africa(WUA), matching them up with successful women to begin a mentorship relationship with which runs for the next 6months. The mentor-ship programme is expected to provide some desperately needed support in the busi-ness, career and other areas of their lives where they find challenges.
The mentors are women who are at different levels in their lives, some are business women, managers, directors of different companies, NGOs who are passionate about young women and are interested in giving back. They are giving back their time, do-nating their money to the event, sponsoring through their companies and are also en-gaging as partners in the TaLI programme for the young women. The door is still open to those women and men who can support the work in one way or the other, and even wanting to be mentors to these young women. We are looking forward in 2017 and beyond, to individuals, companies and organisations who want to #BeBold-ForChange and want to support this effort to get in touch with us on the details below. We appreciate the role the media has played in supporting such efforts over the years and are welcome to support. We are happy to tweet, Facebook and share ideas on social media on the day and we join the world in using the following hashtags to raise our voices for girls and young women: #BeBoldForChange #TaLI #TagALife #MentoringWalk #IWD2017.
Tag a Life International Trust (TaLI) is a girls and young women's rights organisation thats been operating in Zimbabwe over the last 7years to empower girls, as well as working with communities and law makers to achieve this. The organisation works with men, boys, women, communities, local leaders in Zimbabwe, within the region and the globe to advance the rights of girls and young women.