Happy International Day of the Girl Child!
Today (October 11th) marks the International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme is ‘With Her: A Skilled Girl Force.’
In Tanzania, many girls are still denied their right to education and are forced into early marriage. According to the 2017 ‘National Survey on the Drivers and Consequences of Child Marriage in Tanzania’ report, almost two out of five girls are married before their 18th birthday. Early marriage makes it difficult for girls to access education and sexual reproductive health information and services.
As we celebrate this day, we continue to protect and advocate for the rights of girls. Being a girl should not mean living in fear, having to worry about safety, enduring social and other forms of discrimination, or being treated as a second-class citizen. Being a girl should mean having the space and freedom to fully embrace one’s power and potential.
It takes the whole society to build justice for all. It is everybody’s responsibility to contribute to it. We, as a partnership working to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths, strengthen local health systems and be a catalyst for change and opportunity in Lake Zone of Tanzania, believe that girls should be safe, fulfilled, happy and healthy. Girls are our future. Let us protect them!