On the International Day of the Girl Child, we celebrate young girls worldwide, hoping to empower them to be just as courageous to take that step in achieving their dreams. Gone are the days where opportunity for growth and talent is favored and provided only to the boy. In this current world, girls are as equal as boys, in accessing education, taking leadership and professions that were once unavailable for them. 

On 11th October 2021, the commemoration of the day of the girl child was prepared by the collaboration of various stakeholders under the lead of Bright Jamii Initiative and was held at Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam with the attendance of important stakeholders like the Ministry of Health, international organizations like UNFPA, Plan International Tanzania, Save the Children, and many other advocating organizations that support the girl child.

The theme this year, “Digital generation. Our generation”, inspires the need for girls’ empowerment in the digital world that we currently live in. As advocates and stakeholders of the girl child’s future, it is important to delve into how we can encourage the young girl access to opportunities be just as equal as the young boy as we transition into a digital realm. 

Nivushe Animation Film

We had the honour of screening our innovative short film Nivushe, a story about a young girl with albinism, Njaro, a dreamer and innovator who pursues her goals in a challenging community.

The commemoration included a panel discussion amongst different stakeholders on acknowledging the challenges the girl child faces as well as the importance of creating safe environment for young girls to explore the digital space, the opportunities the girl child can tap into and how to equally accommodate these girls in the digital era. 

From the left, The Chairperson of the Children’s Council Tanzania, Nancy, Deputy Minister of Health, Hon. Mwanaidi Ally Khamis and UNFPA RepresentativeJacqueline Mahon

The guest of honour was the Deputy Minister of Health, Hon. Mwanaidi Ally Khamis encouraged on the need to invest our efforts on ensuring young girls have just as much privilege on the digital age. Tai Tanzania was not left behind in the commemoration.

The Chairperson of the Children’s Council Tanzania, Nancy, urged the government to keep improving digital services, especially for the girl child by empowering her access to tools like smartphones and laptops which will help her to study.

Dear Girl Child, this is a digital generation and you are our generation!

INUA MTOTO WA KIKE WA KIZAZI CHA KIDIJITALI 

Katika siku ya Mtoto wa Kike duniani, tunamsheherekea mtoto wa kike ulimwenguni kote, kwa kuwahamasisha na kuwatia moyo ili waweze kutimiza ndoto zao. Zama za kale zilizoruhusu fursa na vipaji kumfikia mtoto wa kiume tu hazipo tena. Ulimwengu wa sasa ni ulimwengu unaomtambua mtoto wa kike katika usawa wa haki za msingi kama vile kupata elimu, kuchukua uongozi na fursa za ajira ambazo hapo awali hazikupatikana kwao. 

Tai Tanzania pia hatukuachwa nyuma katika maadhimisho haya. Tuliweza kushiriki na kurusha filamu yetu fupi ya Nivushe, inayohusu binti mwenye ualbino, Njaro anayependa kuvumbua mwenye ndoto kubwa ya kuwa mhandisi anavyopambana kutimiza ndoto zake japo anaishi kwenye jamii inayompa changamoto nyingi

Nivushe, Katuni Chapa Tatu

Maadhimisho ya siku ya Mtoto wa Kike mnamo tarehe 11 Oktoba 2021 yaliandaliwa kwa ushirikiano wa taasisi zisizo za kiserikali chini ya uongozi wa Bright Jamii Initiative, yalifanyika katika kumbi ya Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam na kuhudhuriwa na wadau tofauti wakiwemo Wizara ya Afya, mashirika ya kimataifa kama vile UNFPA, Save the Children, Plan International Tanzania Pamoja na wadau wengine wengi wanaosimamia haki za mtoto wa kike.

Dhima ya mwaka huu ni, “ Kizazi cha Kidijitali ni Kizazi Chetu”, imeleta hamasa juu ya umuhimu wa kumpa mkono mtoto wa kike na kumsogeza karibu na karne ya kidijitali tunayoishi kwa sasa. Kama wanaharakati na wadau wanaotetea haki za mtoto wa kike, ni wajibu kujadili kwa undani jinsi gani tutakavyomwezesha kupata fursa sawa na mtoto wa kiume  tunavyohamia kwenye ulimwengu wa kidijitali. 

Maadhimisho haya yalijumuisha mdahalo kati ya wadau mabalimbali uliohusisha utambuzi wa changamoto ambazo mtoto wa kike anazipata, usawa katika upatikanaji wa fursa, lakini pia jinsi gani tunaweza kumleta mtoto wa kike karibu na ulimwengu wa kidijitali na namna ya maandalizi ya sehemu salama kwa mtoto wa kike anapokuwa mitandaoni. 

Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Watoto Tanzania, Nancy, Naibu Waziri wa Afya na Ustawi wa Jamii, Hon. Mwanaidi Ally Khamis and Muwakilishi UNFPA Tanzania, Jacqueline Mahon

Mgeni Rasmi katika maadhimisho haya alikuwa ni Naibu Waziri wa Afya na Ustawi wa Jamii, Mwanaidi Ally Khamis, ambaye alihamasisha kuwezesha juhudi zetu katika kumpatia mtoto wa kike nafasi ya upendeleo katika enzi hii ya kidijitali. Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Watoto Tanzania, Nancy, ametoa wito kwa serikali kuendelea kuboresha huduma za kidijitali hasa kwa mtoto wa kike kumuwezesha kupata vitendea kazi vikiwemo sim una kompyuta mpakato ili naye, aweze kushiriki katika kujifunza.

Ewe Mtoto wa kike, wewe ni kizazi cha dijitali. Wewe ni kizazi chetu!

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