Girls Summit 2014
On July 22nd 2014, the UK government and UNICEF hosted the first Girl Summit, aimed at mobilizing domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilations (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation. CDF girl clubs in Tarime were able to send a representative to speak on the issues of ending child marriage and FGM in Tanzania.
There were several essential recommendations agreed upon by the various organizations in attendance at the Girls Summit 2014, including:
- Increasing the human rights and legal support services to the victims and survivors of all forms of harmful traditional practices and violence
- Identifying the critical factors that deny girls and women access gender equality in general, and human rights in particular, with specific focus on FGM and CEFM
- Promoting the usage of social media and other communication tools to elevate the voices of girls themselves and engage men and boys to bring about change in a sustainable and comprehensive way
- Needing to strengthen the continuity of advocacy and campaigns on child marriage, FGM and girls’ education
- Increasing ties & network opportunities with government officials, working towards ending CEFM by 2030, in light of the post-2015 development agenda, alongside partners
- Re-affirming the role of the Sustainable Development Goals to accelerate action to end child marriage and violence against girls and women, empowerment, economic & social rights while also advocating & training grassroots’ community intervention to support the global program on a local level
- Increasing efforts to tackle the conditions of poverty and insecurity as key drivers of CEFM, working in conjunction with government and nongovernmental partners to promote the economic empowerment of women and girls
Supporting the implementation of appropriate and sustainable social protection programs, focusing on the poorest households.