Child Space Organization joined the world on the 11th of October 2021 in celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child 2021 themed: Digital generation. Our generation. We celebrated this day as a way of empowering and amplifying the voices of young girls within the organization and all around the world. We went live on our Facebook platform (ChildSpace1) so as to allow our communities in the diaspora to follow on the activities of the day.
Digital generation. Our generation.
The gender digital divide in connectivity, devices and use, skills and jobs is real. It is an inequity and exclusion gap across geographies and generations that is our challenge to address if the digital revolution is to be for all, with all, by all. Let’s seize the momentum to drive action and accountability of GEF commitments made, for and with girls to achieve a bold vision of bridging the digital gender divide.
My Voice, Our Equal Future
Miss Sheila of Legal Sisters Organization graced the occasion and informed the girls on the legal rights and how to legally respond when their rights have been violated. Our girls addressed numerous challenges they are going through in their lives. Her presence showed the girls that they too can scale up to higher heights in the legal field as girls. The children used to dance, Songs and modeling to express the challenges faced by girls and the results of empowering the girl child. They also used manila papers to write down various slogans and gave speeches to encourage their fellow girls present to keep accelerating the conversation on gender equality.
We addressed the gender digital divide and confirmed that girls are more likely to be cut off. The gender gap for global internet users grew from 11 percent in 2013 to 17 percent in 2019. In the world’s least developed countries, it hovers around 43 percent. However, the gender digital divide transcends issues of connectivity. Girls are also less likely than boys to use and own devices and gain access to tech-related skills and jobs. Only by addressing the inequity and exclusion that span geographies and generations can we usher in a digital revolution for all, with all.
We used print media in the form of booklets which we received as donations from Mtoto News which is an integrated information and media company that is leveraging technology to improve the lives of children by making them visible. This was clearly illustrated in the ‘HAKI4ALL’ titled booklet that we shared with the children.
The girls felt very special, well represented and their voices heard. As an organization, we also used a platform to encourage the girls who were going back to school to stay focused and work hard to achieve their goals.