Let Girls Lead....

Harriet Kamashanyu
Posted October 15, 2020 from Uganda
The poster of the Event
A number of girl leaders highlighted ready to be panelists...
Girls Event
Girls Event: Moderator Sharon with Latifah one of the panelists during the event (1/1)

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.

 

This story was submitted in response to World Pulse Digital Ambassadors.

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Harriet Kamashanyu
Oct 15
Oct 15

Always humbled to listen to Girls...

Isata Kabia
Oct 15
Oct 15

Thank you for sharing Harriet, what an amazing gathering. And it’s amazing what girls accomplish when we let them lead. Great work!

Harriet Kamashanyu
Oct 20
Oct 20

Thank you Isata...

Beth Lacey
Oct 16
Oct 16

This is wonderful. I am glad you will be doing it annually

Harriet Kamashanyu
Oct 20
Oct 20

Dear Beth,
Thank you for the encouragement.
Yes indeed, it will be held every year in commemoration of the International day of the girl child.

Thank You.

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Oct 19
Oct 19

Greetings Harriet.
Wow this sounds like a sure winner! We are so interested in empowering girls we are involved in a important project to continue to empower and educate them all one by one at charity Queen Sheba Village. I hope that you will continue to listen and support each girl because each of our girls are unique flowers that represent unique greatness that will be blossomed in her own time for sure. What organization you are working with? Thank you for sharing,
Mama Queen

Harriet Kamashanyu
Oct 20
Oct 20

Dear Queen Sheba,
Thank you for reaching out.
I appreciate the encouragement from you my sister.

I work with a local organisation called Rhythm of Life based in Uganda.
Thank you.

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Oct 20
Oct 20

Dear Harriet, your most welcome!

Charity Birla
Oct 20
Oct 20

Thanks for this words .Empowering girls is our priority...more strength to do more

Seka
Oct 22
Oct 22

Very good Harriet, you managed to exploit this opportunity by creating the space for freedom of expression of the girl.
Courage and move on.

Elin Magnusson
Oct 22
Oct 22

Wonderful initiative!