Standing tall for the Girl Child

October 11, 2022

This October 11, 2022, we join the world in celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child. The day celebrates every step made for the development of girls’ rights and looks forwards to how the future can be shaped to empower more girls and young women.

Hivos’ She Leads program is marking this year’s celebrations with a feature on three young women who have taken up leadership roles in Zimbabwe.

Giving girls their recognition

The celebration of the day has allowed, as Devorgille Chikukwa says, the world to talk more about the girls and women who feel unheard and unsafe. Devorgille is a Harare City Junior Council elect, selected to be a Projects Coordinator for the 2022/2023 class.

Observing days like the International Day of the Girl Child is a reminder to the world about the need to push for equal access for all.

Devorgille shares her thoughts on the day in the video below:

“Development requires empowering girls”

With her experience in young women’s advocacy, Tinashe Mtetwa knows that celebrating special occasions for girls and young women is key in achieving development goals. By including young women and girls in leadership and decision making, we create an enabling environment with equal access to developmental tools.

Tinashe shares her thoughts on the day in the video below:

“The future is safe with women leaders”

The role women play in society means they should be given more opportunities to be leaders, according to Wendy Muzite. Giving young women and girls these opportunities develops them from early on and prepares them for the future.

Education is a crucial aspect in this development. The more girls have access to knowledge and information, the more inclusive society becomes in all aspects.

Wendy shares her message in the video below:


She Leads, funded by the Embassy of Ireland in Pretoria, focuses on promoting the full and effective participation and leadership of women and girls in political and societal decision-making in Zimbabwe.