Girls in Uganda Call on Action for a Digital Generation

ikirimat
Posted October 13, 2021 from Uganda
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In a colorful Day of the Girl Child celebration on 12 October, 2021 , the girls presented a position paper. Read below:

Dear Maama Janet Museveni/First Lady 

I stand here before you today to represent the collective views of the girls of Uganda who participated in the National Girls Symposium on Friday 8th,October ,2021 at Hotel Africana organized by the Ministry of Gender Labour and social development and Civil society organisations  with over 30 girls in attendance.

In respect of this year’s theme; Digital Generation - Our Generation, we collectively came up with  recommendations to the different state actors and civil society organisations  that we believe will assist in enabling us to attain access to digital platforms for all girls in Uganda.

Recommendations

Ensuring- that the digital generation is inclusive irrespective of age, location,  and household income status. This can be attained through providing community based free internet to enable girls from the different communities to have free digital access, and  by making data affordable for all users.

Sensitise parents so that they do not have a negative attitude towards girls using digital tools because the world is changing and it is key that parents support the transition.

Digital education should be introduced at all levels of education; from early childhood development, primary level ,secondary level and tertiary education institutions.

Digital devices should be tailor made to cater for children living with disabilities so that they can as well benefit from all the digital platforms.

Affirmative action for girls and young women interested in studying ICT related courses so as to break the gender space in the ICT related field.

The digital platforms should be used for reporting Violence Against Children but also these reports should be followed up and perpetrators punished according to the policies set up.

Create awareness on the already existing laws e.g on child pornography and ensuring that reported cases of cyber bullying and sexual harassment are followed up and perpetrators are punished accordingly.

The National Ugandan parenting guidelines should be adjusted to cater for sensitization of parents on how best they can support their children in the use of digital tools. This is in response to the speedy digital revolution especially in the education system.

However, in light of the above, we also recognize that the fight to claim digital generation does not belong to the Government and other non state actors alone; we therefore pledged to play our responsibility as follows;

We should research and use the digital platforms created for us for effective learning.

Ensure that we take part in  ICT lessons at school to improve our digital skills

Reporting cases of online cyber bullying to government applications like U-Report, The Sauti Child Help line 116, Safe Pal and others.

Sensitize fellow girls about the existing child protection policies and laws.

Put in action the knowledge acquired from the  national girl’s symposium and to report whatever  may seem not right in our communities eg defilement of children/girls, child marriage and sexual harassments.

We will take up the parental guidance seriously and encourage other girls to also respect guidance provided by their parents and caregivers.

We shall encourage other girls about the need to decide what is good and bad for them online and confidently make wise decisions.

            May God bless you maama and our dear President

             Thank you for Listening to Me.  For God and My Country.

(Position paper on behalf of all the Ugandan Girls. Presented by Pauline Nakanwagi- 16 years- supported by  the she-leads consortium in Uganda.)

This story was submitted in response to Day of the Girl: Our Digital Future.

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ikirimat
Oct 13
Oct 13

It is exciting because this is closely tied and it is what we at World Pulse have been advocating for. Lets share how best Uganda girls can be helped to achieve this dream. I an happy

Olutosin
Oct 13
Oct 13

God bless girls,
God bless our world.
Amen.
Thank you for sharing sister.

ikirimat
Oct 13
Oct 13

Amen my sister

Corine Milano
Oct 13
Oct 13

I love this, Ikirimat! Thank you so much for sharing. Was your organization involved in this event and the development of this statement? Either way, it's fabulous to see girls standing up for their rights and for digital empowerment!

ikirimat
Oct 14
Oct 14

Thank you Corine
Yes we are in the She-Leads consortium. I am glad. We now want to take this to lower levels and reach out to more leaders and girls

METIEGE OKON NOEL EVE

Thanks for sharing Kudos to the girls for such lofty recommendations worth implementing in our schools and countries at large

ikirimat
Oct 14
Oct 14

Thank you my dear sister

Phinnie
Oct 13
Oct 13

Ikirimat--
What an amazing message conveying the importance and urgency of making digital platforms and training available to all as well as laying out the steps to make this a reality. May your message become a reality in Uganda and around the world!
Thank-you for sharing this important vision!
With appreciation, Phinnie

ikirimat
Oct 14
Oct 14

Indeed it is amazing! Thank you for your warm comments.

Limba Nyakura
Oct 14
Oct 14

C'est une bonne action, surtout l'utilisation de la nouvelle technologie dans la résolution de conflits

ikirimat
Oct 14
Oct 14

mercie

MUKABA ZAWADI
Oct 14
Oct 14

Merci pour le partage de votre histoire

Susu Mohamed
Oct 14
Oct 14

Sister Ikrimat,
Well-done, I loved your Story and supporting young girls .
Much Love
suu

ikirimat
Oct 14
Oct 14

Thank you Susu

Rahmana Karuna
Oct 14
Oct 14

Dearest ikirimat
direct, detailed, amazing work.
GIRLS LEAD!!!! YES

ikirimat
Oct 14
Oct 14

Much appreciated Rahmana.

Regina Afanwi Young
Oct 14
Oct 14

Wow!!!This is so amazing dear sister Ikiri. Great recommendations and commitments taken. Am so proud of these girls!!

Tamarack Verrall
yesterday
yesterday

Dear Ikirimat,
I know how deeply in your heart you feel the importance of ensuring that girls find their own power. What a show of power these girls have created in their statement to the government! "..."we collectively came up with recommendations to the different state actors and civil society organisations". Tears of joy, dear Sister for you and your work, and for these girls who have found their voices and are determined to create change.

ikirimat
yesterday
yesterday

Thank you Tam, Your words of encouragement have kept me focused and motivated . I have learnt a lot from you especially on commitment to the cause of women and girls. Appreciated

megsmueller
yesterday
yesterday

Wow, this is brilliant! Our young leaders. Well done Pauline and to all the team members. We support you.

ikirimat
yesterday
yesterday

Thank you and very welcome

ceegrah
1:00pm
1:00pm

This is really credibly tight, the demands cannot be overlooked. Kudos for giving the girls a voice. I pray this become a reality.
Much love