The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child’s Article 31 states the following: “States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
The question of the significance of the International Youth Day to the ordinary young woman is one that might need to be asked. Do the young women in our society realize the significance of this day? Is the average girl next door aware that this day was set aside to empower and celebrate her and the potential she has? Does she know the amount of work and effort that collectively goes into ensuring that her very existence and the core of her significance remain unaffected by the cruelties of the world? If she is not aware, the question becomes, “Why does she not know? Who should be blamed for her not knowing? ”. To not be made aware of the value and significance of the day equates to one being robbed of their right to be empowered or at the very least to know they are worth empowering. More often than not, days such as these come and go without the knowledge of those for which it is intended. The average young woman should be made aware of the meaning behind it and why it should matter to her before she can be made to understand the untapped potential she has and how it can be used to positively impact the world, regardless of how big a wave it makes. Yes, the day is for all youths, both male and female, but the reality is that women have, for centuries, been in the shadows of their male counterparts. A world like that has inspired silence and obedience, even in cases where they should not apply. It has taught compliance in cases where defiance would be more appropriate. It may appear to be insignificant at first, but collectively, the silence, the misplaced obedience and compliance creates loopholes where many misdeeds fall through and slow down the wheels of progression for women and accelerates the rate at which the normalisation of male dominance and inappropriateness repossesses society’s mind. Now this may seem like a gross overstatement of what the ordinary young woman’s ignorance can do to the state of society but one must consider the butterfly effect. In chaos theory, the same way the flapping of a butterfly’s wings would lead to the occurrence of a tsunami much later on is the same way failure to bring up the young woman to be self-aware of her untapped potential and value can breed generations of lopsided gender views. So it matters that days like this are put on the appropriate pedestal until their significance is revived and actual change can begin.
The 2021 theme reads, “Transforming food systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”, and the intention is to highlight the inclusive support systems that are in place to ensure that the youths continue to work together as well as individually to combat the challenges that humanity faces as a globe. This simply goes to support the known fact that young people are the future of humanity and should be raised and equipped with the awareness of their duty to mankind. Failing to support and protect, as well as educate the youths on how they can do so would be a gross injustice and would be robbing the future of a much needed innovative mentality all around.
As I mentioned before, young women and girls have a larger gap to cover when it comes to progression because of the more traditional gender roles that have long dominated, especially in third world countries. For this very reason, there needs to be a particular level of specialization when it comes to empowering them and the current situation already shows women to be at an advantage because of society’s attempts to rectify the already existing gap. The issue, however, stems from the fact that although society may be attempting to act in favour of the young woman, the knowledge and exposure to said opportunities is another story. It’s one thing to give a specified group certain opportunities but it becomes another thing to create an environment where they can manoeuvre their way around and past conditions that they have been taught to become accustomed to.
The young woman must know that she has more to aspire to than being a wife and a mother. She must be taught that she must not allow herself to become accustomed to violence and abuse, to viewing herself as less than and to living in a constant state of fear and mental bondage. Issues such as child marriages, that young women face, are a health risk and a violation of human rights. Child marriages on their own bring with them a number of issues such as exposure to STIs, gender based violence, poverty and an end to education which leaves them with very few positive options. So it becomes necessary that first they must be emancipated from their mental prison before they can use that same mind for the greatness it was intended. One who has been brought up in such an environment requires extreme exposure to an environment that can actively erase what she has learnt to be the norm.
When girls and young women are educated, healthy, protected from discrimination and safe from gender-based violence and equipped with the right skills and opportunities, they hold the key to unlocking some of humanity’s most pressing issues. The reduction of poverty, the advancement of gender equality and the reduction of maternal mortality and curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS, amongst many other issues, are at the fingertips of young women. The education of young women, due to their nurturing nature means that these skilled young women and girls will become mothers that can then pass down their innovative mind-set to their children, thereby bringing up a generation that has a fighting chance against the issues that presently plague society and more that may arise in the coming future. As a modern day leader, the young woman can be a force of social change and can easily inspire those around her to join the movement and to brave the societal norms.
Women are the backbone of society and they need to be made aware of this, they need to know that the times are changing and it now falls upon them to break away from the truths had become accustomed to. They must dare to defy the constricts of society and be prepared to take significant leaps forward and set a standard that impacts change and cannot be ignored The end and failure of innovation lies in ignorance, in our failure to empower those that are not aware of their own power, those that do not know better and those that have been taught that limitations are their reality. Time and society have done a number on women and the undoing of the effects may have begun decades ago but the limitations are still as real today as they may have been at the start of the emancipation of women. As a society, we must be prepared to admit that humanity has mastered the art of hiding injustices in plain sight, masking issues that need to be combated behind the walls of religion, race and sexuality or creating diversions sourced from the same aforementioned vital compounds of humanity’s existence. Only then can the young woman receive the necessary help, because if we continue to allow the injustice to thrive for want of maintaining “peace” and not stirring up tensions, progress will continue to elude us. We must be prepared to shake these issues and unmask the masked truths to their very core until there is a glimpse of hope.
Child marriages, gender-based violence and sexual abuse are injustices that have become so etched into society in such a way that in some communities they are not taken as seriously as they should be. Even when the average young woman is not subjected to any of the aforementioned conditions, she is often brought up in scenarios where she is overlooked in decision making processes at home or in the community. The general tone of significant movements lies in them being male led and overlooking women when they are still in the formative stages, women are often informed of changes when there are already decided and this continues to manifest itself in every new environment they are placed. They come prepared to follow, to be disciples, when being led by men is the norm, innovation will not occur to them. This is why the re-education of the young woman is necessary before she can begin to self-actualize.
All this is having been said and done, goes back to the simple fact that the significance of days such as International Youth Day to the average young woman will not be fully realized without the said re-education taking place. All the issues that were briefly mentioned and brought up in this article need to be laid bare for all to see. With successful re-education, we can then hope to reach a time where, to the ordinary young woman, International Youth day is a cause for excitement, the centre for growth and a beacon to which young women are drawn. Our young women need to know they matter, they need to know that they have options beyond the limitations they have been taught to accept, they need to know there are people working hard daily just so they have the chance to realize their true potential. Power like that is the power that is necessary, the power that is contagious, and power that cannot be taken away. To the ordinary young woman, International Youth Day should be the day that reminds her that she is, in herself, the power that society waits upon.
The Government of Zimbabwe has ratified most child rights instruments such as the United Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography (OPSC); the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OPAC); African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) and many other related child-rights instruments. However, it is important to note that the Government of Zimbabwe has not yet ratified the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. This convention is an international agreement to safeguard intercountry adoption and is relevant in the foster care process as it is evident that most adoptions begin as foster care cases.
#FACEOFCHILDREN’S RIGHTS IN Zimbabwe#MASKUP#SANITIZE#SOCIALDISTANCE
CATCH (Care At The Core of Humanity) we believe every child deserves to be heard and here is a poem done by a girl from Mutoko .
Source: Discovering the children’s rights rainbow.
Topic: Adults Responsibilities to children.
It’s your duty adults.To have great care for children today.
Protect us from robbery, rape and all forms of abuse.
How can we study without caring and protection?
This is your role ,And if you refuse it,Who can send us to school and hospital?
The shona proverb says,”Chirere mangwana chigokurerawo”
Take care of us nowSo that we can take care of you in old age.
We want to be there, include us.We want to be heard, give us a voice.
We want to be inspired , inspire us.We want to be proud, take an interest in us.▲
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22 April 2021
CATCH (Care At The Core of Humanity) is in solidarity with World Social Workers day. CATCH offers a socio-legal model which is harnessed by legal practitioners and social workers. Being the face of children’s rights, social workers play a pivotal role as child guardian’s in ensuring that their rights and well-being are safeguarded.As CATCH (Care At The Core of Humanity) we just want to let you know that we appreciate you our social workers.#childrightschampions
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
Have you been tricked before or lost money to people masquerading as lawyers, court staff or people of the law at local courts? Catch in collaboration with Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association, Legal Resources Foundation and other partners are working tirelessly to sensitize and educate communities about the existence of these people.
Many people have lost assets and money to fraudsters parading as legal practitioners at courts taking advantage of the vulnerable in need of legal aid or advice. This week remember to tune into 98.4 FM Midlands and be part of the discussion commencing from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm. Under the wing of the Help Desk Initiative, we are offering free legal advice and other services being administered by qualified legal practitioners.
Every five minutes a child dies from violence. Around the world a staggering 1.7 billion children experience violence every single year. In every country and culture, children are facing abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. Violations include sexual exploitation and abuse, trafficking, physical and humiliating punishment, harmful traditional practices such as early marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting and recruitment into armed forces and groups.
Every child has the right to be safe. CATCH and other partners work to ensure that violence against children is no longer tolerated. We work with children, families, communities, and societies to put in place laws, policies, and services to support children, and promote social norms and attitude changes. We work to prevent and respond to all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence affecting children.