16 year old Juliet Dande a Form Two (2) student at Our Lady of Fatima high school in Kibera has today ‘taken over’ as Communications Authority of Kenya Director General ousting Francis Wangusi for the day as Kenya joins the world in marking the United Nation’s International Day of the Girl child.
Plan International Kenya and the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) hosted the IDG celebrations today at the regulator’s headquarters in Nairobi with Juliet taking over the Director General’s position at the Authority and acting in the Director General’s capacity.
The International Day of the Girl (IDG) is marked annually on 11th October to highlight and address the needs and challenges girl’s face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. Every year during the IDG, Plan International in liaison with various partners implements a number of initiatives to promote girls’ visibility, drive new opportunities for action and investment in girls from across the world. This also includes opportunities for girls to step into the shoes of Political, Social and Economic leaders in a mass takeover.
“This experience is an incredible boost to her confidence as a girl, and a sure proof that all dreams and aspirations that people have can be realized. It will definitely encourage her to aspire for greater achievements in life as she continues to pursue her studies,’’
said Mr. Wangusi
The Communications Authority of Kenya and Plan International Kenya promised to work together in petitioning the 12th Parliament to fast track the enactment of the Computer and Cybercrimes Bill 2017 to, among others, to enable timely and effective detection, investigation and prosecution of computer and cybercrimes in Kenya. They expressed confidence that if both State and Non-state actors work together to advocate for the enactment and implementation of legislation and policies to curb cyber crimes, Kenyan children will have a transformed and protective society that guarantees their rights and freedoms.
“Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5) on Gender Equality is not about girls and women only, they cannot change the world alone, they need allies,’’
said Mr. Lennart Reinius, Country Director, Plan International Kenya, during a media briefing this morning.
He challenged various stakeholders raging from the government, the civil society, corporates, leaders, parents and children to collaborate in addressing gender discrimination in the society. Plan International envisions reaching 100 million girls globally in the next 5 years in line with its global strategy.
The CA has partnered with Plan International since 2015 in the Child Online Protection campaign dubbed “Be the Cop” that seeks to create awareness on safety of children on the Internet.
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