I am one of the believers that girls are the masterminds of their own lives. They have lived it, experienced it and always happy to tell their own stories once given a plat form.
In commemoration of the International day of the girl child this year, Rhythm of Life an organisation I lead organised a post International day of the girl child event focusing on a couple of issues that remain as a challenge to most girls in Uganda. The theme this year was "My Voice, our equal future", this was a direct move and call for action to all agencies and all concerned to give girls all over the world an opportunity to be heard!
This was a virtual event held on 9th. October. 2020 from 2-4 pm East African Time using Zoom as a plat form. This was organised in partnership with other stakeholders highly affiliated to the topic of discussion both in and out of Uganda. Some of these partners were; Girls Not Brides - Uganda, Heirs To Our Oceans, Joy for children, Raising Teenagers Uganda, Youth4 Policy, Youth In Action for Development, all these played a major role towards the success of the event.
Girls from respective organisations and different back grounds came together to raise their voices on these different topics ranging from child marriages, role of technology in curbing teenage pregnancies, climate change, gender based violence using a girl lens etc. It was an insightful discussion that brought together over 56 participants to this virtual event. Time was not our ally as participants echoed their feedback, concerns and questions that took us beyond the planned time but no one was exiting the zoom call, this energized the girls to continue sharing their knowledge for a common cause.
Given the outcomes of the discussion, we shared them and we plan to be holding this annually allowing GIRLS SPEAK.