Tag a Life International Trust (TaLI)

Tag a Life Inter(TaLI) exists to 'Make the World a Safe Place for the Girl Children' with the inclusion of all. It prevents as well as respond to Gender Based Violence (GBV) against the girls in pre-adolescent, adolescents and early reproductive health ages in Zimbabwe. GBV is rampant in the nation against children especially young girls. The National AIDS Council (NAC) reported that 37% of adolescent girls are orphans or vulnerable. One in 5 of these girls are exposed to sexual violence before their 18th birthday. Due to a lack of knowledge and exposure most young girls are not aware that they are being abused let alone how or where they can get help. Only 37% of women including girls who ...

Tag a Life International Trust (TaLI)
No. 21 St Raphael, St Tropaz Flats
Samora Machel Avenue
Harare, Harare 00263
Zimbabwe
+263 773 194 271
http://tagalife.org/

Executive Director/Project Coordinator

Nyaradzo Mashayamombe

Management Team

Shingai Gombingo, Barbara Chibanda, Princess Khumalo

Board of Directors

Rosa Dube, Memory Darikwa, Nyasha Mazango, Norman Mugiya, Nyaradzo Mashayamombe

Mission

Tag a Life Inter(TaLI) exists to 'Make the World a Safe Place for the Girl Children' with the inclusion of all. It prevents as well as respond to Gender Based Violence (GBV) against the girls in pre-adolescent, adolescents and early reproductive health ages in Zimbabwe. GBV is rampant in the nation against children especially young girls. The National AIDS Council (NAC) reported that 37% of adolescent girls are orphans or vulnerable. One in 5 of these girls are exposed to sexual violence before their 18th birthday. Due to a lack of knowledge and exposure most young girls are not aware that they are being abused let alone how or where they can get help. Only 37% of women including girls who experienced physical or sexual violence have sought help. (Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey -ZDHS 2010-11). While this organisation's work is centred first and foremost around prevention of Sexual and all forms of violence against girls through education and advocacy, many girls have been affected by GBV and being affected and there is urgent need to provide them with required services that restores their lives as close to normal as possible and also prevents them from either acquiring HIV and other Sexually transmitted infections or to provide them with medical examinations so that they may if already acquired HIV, get on medication accordingly to manage their health. To that, the initiative offers programmes that respond to all these challenges. It is important to note that, TaLI is the National Coordinator of the 'Girls Not Brides' Zimbabwe, an international Coalition that works to reduce child marriages and its impact. We are also a member of Coalitions in Zimbabwe that promote the rights of girls and women in the country. Zimbabwe's current legal systems are weak in as far as dealing with matters of rape. The levels of impunity for child abuse and sex offenders are alarming. According to the UNICEF 2009 study, 24% of perpetrators of rape and abuse were arrested. Of these only 1.2% was imprisoned for their crimes. This has bred a lack of confidence for reporting and seeking help by families of victims. It is worthy to note that communities do not have knowledge of the Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) that is available for the victims of sexual violence, as they make decisions to keep quiet about abuse. Emphasis on the knowledge of PEP is on those who are occupationally exposed rather than those who are exposed through sexual violence. In this our work, (TaLI) will seeks to bring interventions of GBV against girls' ages 8 to 18 including generation of PEP knowledge in schools as well as in the communities to prevent the mushrooming of HIV and AIDS in young people. In Zimbabwe, cultural norms, lack of access to education, economic and health opportunities have marred the lives of young girls, exposing them to high risks of HIV and AIDS as well as poverty. Girls who are tomorrow's women constitute a 52% of the total children population. Apart from the prevention and elimination of GBV against girls and women being a human rights need 'Women drive economic growth, as well as increase in the national income and improved health. (Secretary Clinton). Girls are a key part to focus development towards. Of the little prior efforts to advance the rights of the girl children, focus has been on educating the girls of their rights only. According to the Convection on the Rights of the Child as well as the African Charter on the Rights of the Children, parents, guardians, families, communities, duty bearers and the government are cited as the Custodians of these rights and therefore are a key target for our programming. So with TaLI we reach out to boys, who have turned out to be great partners in advancing the rights of their sisters and friends in their homes and communities. In dealing with GBV, the government of Zimbabwe enacted 'The Domestic Violence Act of 2006' for the protection and relief of domestic violence victims including girls. The gaps identified from these efforts are the needs for individual, structural and relational change on grassroots levels, to address GBV. As mentioned above, the custodians of the rights of girls and the 'would-be-perpetrators' have to be educated on the issues of GBV against the girls. The national curriculum has been redesigned to be gender sensitive, however real issues of GBV girls are yet to reach a transformation level hence the introduction of clubs and community education by TaLI. We live to see the day real implementation of the bill ensures the safety and protection of the girl children and all children in general. Recent studies also show that Sexual Reproductive Health and HIVV & AIDS Information which could benefit pre-adolescence and adolescence girls and boys is not reaching them. Interventions being implemented under the National Behaviour Change Programme(NBCP), a role out plan by NAC are not appropriately targeted and segmented as young people. Findings from the interim evaluation reported more adults compared to young people participated in activities implemented under the NBCP programme. This is despite the fact that HIV prevalence in the country is significantly higher among women aged 15-49 thus 21%, than among men in the same age cohort with 14.5%. This gender gap is even wider among young people. Females amongst 15-19 years have a significantly higher HIV prevalence rate than men amongst the same age groups. (ZNASP 2011-015). In our efforts as TaLI we redress this issue by making sure that boys and girls participate and also are owners and holders of information that is critical for their livelihoods. TaLI mainly emphasises the prevention and intervetion methods as promoting information generation in pre-adolescence and adolescence girls and boys, families and communities, to prevent and to eliminate GBV against girls while promoting Individual, Structural and relational change for the development and advancement of girls rights. In the communities, peer educators will be identified and trained to engage their communities. In schools, girls will engage with boys in debates edutainment and discussions.

Programs

Tag a Life International Trust (TaLI) is a Girl Child rights organisation whose mission is to "To make the World a Safe place for the Girl Child" with the inclusion of all significant others. TaLI works in schools and communities to capacitate girls with their rights to be able to control and own their Voice and Body, and reaches out to boys in the same setup to teach them about girls and women respect, to remove them from the position of 'Would Be Perpetrators', to the position of Partners and Champions of Girls and Women's Rights. We also work with Families and Communities to address issues of Gender Equality, Gender Based Violence, Harmful Religious and Cultural Practices that expose girls to vulnerabilities such as child marriages. This is because the families and communities are the custodians of girls' rights and working with them will ensure girls' access to their rights. Since its official inception, in 2010, the organisation has been engaging schools and communities in Shurugwi, Kwekwe, Zvishavane and Gweru Districts to create and raise awareness on the rights of girls addressing the above mentioned issues. The organisation has responded to cases of abuse that rise up as a result of the School and Community Education of the rights of girls, and has provided Psycho Social Support to such girls. To date, the organisation has reached to more than 143 000(one hundred and forty three thousand) people both young and old advocating for girls rights in the communities. Tag A Life International has also responded to more than 50 cases of abuse since it started providing Psycho Social Support in 2014 from different parts of the country, mostly from the areas that we are working in. Our Programs Centre around three main pillars; Prevention of Inequalities and Violence against Girls, Interventions Providing necessary relief and support to survivors of abuse through Provision of Psycho Social Support and linking them with specialist services as may be required. Third Pillar being Advocacy & Lobby. Under Prevention we are empowering girls to with life skills to have their voice and own their bodies through Confidence Building, Inspiration and Exposure, addressing Gender Based Violence and Inequalities, Empowering them with their Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and Information, HIV Prevention and management. We include Boys, Families, Communities, Traditional and Local Leaders to ensure girls are protected and prevented from harm. Under Interventions we provide Psycho Social Support (PSS) which includes Facilitating for medical examination for Survivors, Counselling, Case Follow up with Police, Preparing family for Court Processes, Removing the victim from abusive environment and reintegrating them with their families when appropriate. All the PSS is carried out in partnership with the Department of Child Welfare and Probation Services. On Advocacy and Lobby we work with Parliamentarians, partners, elsders, churches, religious and cultural leaders to advocate for the rights of girls. We are currently running an Advocacy Platform in partnership with UN Women and The Women's Trust as well as The Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, to Speak against violence in Private and Public Spaces. Part of the mandate on this platform is to lobby for laws and policies that protect girls and young women in private and public spaces. Tag a Life International Trust (TaLI) is the brain-child of Globally recognized Women's issues Leader with special interest in the rights of the girls and young women, Nyaradzo Mashayamombe (Executive Director). She is a survivor of challenges faced by Rural Girls, who realised the need to engage boys, men, women and guardians in the fight Inequalities and to end Gender Based Violence and all discrimination suffered by girls. The organisation is also governed by a Board of advisors who are expects in different areas such as Accountants, Lawyers, Human Resources, Programming, Monitoring and Evaluation and 90% of them are women. We have worked with The United States Embassy in Harare and HIVOS since 2011 to work on the rights of girls. One of the Biggest Project to date has been the PEPFAR project which enabled the organisation to cover four districts namely Kwekwe, Gweru, Shurugwi and Zvishavane. Project addressed Gender Based Violence in pre-adolescent and adolescent girls to prevent HIV infections. We have also run a SRHR Project with HIVOS to allow girls to own their bodies and their voices to protect themselves from harm. The ongoing Advocacy platform enables the organisation together with other partners to address publicly and lobby for the rights of girls. TaLI has utilised strongly Main Line Media in the form of Television and Radio as well as Press to advocate and speak around issues of girls' rights thereby reaching millions. Such cases include Educating People on the issues of rape, Speaking against attrocities on girls, holding leaders accountable such as the Tomana case, utilising media to champion the rights of girls through Press Conferences such as the 'stripped 4th street girl' generating media coverage among many initiatives. The organisation also uses social media where it engages different public on the rights of girls. Cases of violence have come to our attention through social media and we have assisted girls and their families.

Statistics on Tag a Life International Trust (TaLI)

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2013: $30,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $100,000
  • Other funding sources: International Organisations 90% Individuals 5% Corporates 5%
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian - No Discrimination of clients what so ever