UNICEF and Girl Guides South Africa join hands to promote girl’s active participation in society

New partnership launched on International Day of the Girl to help put girls at the center of the COVID-19 response and recovery

11 October 2021
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PRETORIA, 11 October 2021 – A new partnership launched today between UNICEF and Girl Guides South Africa will support, promote and strengthen the voices and actions of girls and young women in building a safer, fairer and better South Africa.

The initial focus of the two-year agreement is to promote the scale up and engagement of girls on the UNICEF managed U-Report South Africa platform. The tool helps young people to have a voice on issues that matter to them and to access information, tools and services to influence positive social change.

The partnership announcement comes on International Day of the Girl, with this year’s theme being ‘Digital Generation. Our Generation’.

“We are delighted to partner with Girl Guides South Africa so that we can better understand and respond to the specific challenges that girls and young women face in their lives,” said Christine Muhigana, UNICEF South Africa Representative.

“The U-Report tool provides a platform for the voices of girls and young women to be heard and for UNICEF and partners in-turn to provide the information and resources that they need to improve their well-being. This is particularly important as girls and young women have been so affected by the broad ranging impact of COVID-19,” added Muhigana.

The number of registered U-Reporters in South Africa has now topped 100,000 and a new U-Report poll released today will gather the latest insights into the challenges that girls and young women face in their communities but also on their role as changemakers in society.

"Through the U-Report platform, Girl Guides South Africa can advance and improve programming based on the issues and experiences raised by girls," said Awonke Majikijela, from the KZN Inland Region Youth.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital platforms for learning, earning and connecting but also exposed the digital divide and the particular challenge that girls face in accessing digital devices and connectivity.

Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is integral to reaching the targets set under each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Notes to editors:

U-Report is a platform managed by UNICEF South Africa to encourage youth participation. The platform helps young people to have a voice on issues that matter to them and to access information, tools and services to influence positive social change.

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