Annual Girls Network Event was held in Addis Ababa from July 22-23, 2021 in Capital Hotel organized by Malala Fund & implementing partners with the objective to create a space for girls to interface with decision makers to articulate and demand their visions for safe and quality education. A total of 71 girl students, 15-19 age, from Oromia, Amhara, Sidama and Addis Ababa and 30 duty bearers, decision makers and parliamentarians from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Women, Youth and Children, Regional Bureaus of Education and Regional Bureaus of Health participated on the event.
Center of Concern as a member of the network participated on the event with 16 girls and 3 female teachers drawn from the target schools ofWondo Genet and BorichaWoredas of Sidama National Regional State. During the event girls shared experiences and discussed on the barriers of education and addressed the challenges to the government officials in person. The government officials have reflected on some of their question and also promised to work on solving the challenges as much as possible.
Similarly, the girls were able to express their ideal girls’ friendly school which is free from any constraints.