On the day of the girl: Bogotá listens to them because their voice matters

October 11 has been declared by the UN General Assembly as the International Day of the Girl Child. This observance seeks to “highlight and deepen efforts to recognize the rights of girls in all their diversity and make visible the challenges they face so that pathways can be created that facilitate their empowerment and make visible their specific needs to be girls.” (Plan International, 2022)

Bogotá joins this celebration through the conference #NiñasEducanALosAdultos #NiñasAlPoder, in which City Hall opened its doors to girls in the city to hear their voices, learn about their concerns for the city and their proposals to make Bogotá a city for boys and girls.

“Today we had a wonderful government council where the girls of the city celebrated their international day and where they gave us their ideas so that Bogotá can be a much friendlier city with them,” said Mayor Edna Bonilla. Seba.

Here’s a tweet Mayor and Education Secretary Edna Bonilla made in reference to the district cabinet meeting with the girls:

The official added that: “today what we are showing in this council is how from this town hall we are working for them, but we need to redouble our efforts. Here we had ideas about bullying and how girls feel at school, how girls have a lot of feelings about violence”.

The responsible president stressed that from this government council these ideas will be taken to continue working to ensure that the city recognizes, values ​​and loves the girls of the capital.

The aim of the activity was to create spaces to recognize the voice, capacities and perspectives of girls, to recognize their rights and the unique challenges they face around the world, and to promote their empowerment and fulfillment of their rights, this within the framework of the Adult Girls and Boys Training Program.

This program strives for girls and boys to be understood and heard as political beings with creativity, sensitivity and knowledge to contribute to the democratic processes in their environment and city. Similarly, pursue the inter-institutional governance required by policies and scenarios to ensure girls’ right to participate and their ability to influence the building of a more democratic and inclusive city.

The girl Isabel Novoa Ramírez, 10 years old and who on the Governing Council and on the International Day of the Girl serves as Secretary of Education, She said that in this activity: “we girls express our ideas for the country and contribute something where the country can grow and be better in healthcare and in all its aspects. Girls today are creating the present, and we will also create the future”.

For her part, 13-year-old Valeria, who played the role of Senior Mayor In this activity he said that: “It was a great opportunity for all the girls as we were able to raise our voices, express ourselves in things that we as girls feel City Hall should do for our city. When I grow up, I will try to contribute to a cleaner, safer city and Bogotá in which all women can participate.”

In this framework, a leadership activity called #NiñasEducanALosAdultos was proposed, where girls in a meeting with Mayor (e) Edna Bonilla Sebá took on the role of secretaries and secretaries, contributing to their work from their specific visions, proving their ability to make decisions and position themselves as political subjects.

In turn, the regional secretary for integration, Margarita Baraker, pointed out: “Today, in this space of the Governing Council, the girls spoke specifically about the harassment, the harassment they experience from their peers or from men in relation to how they are dressed, how they move.

In this sense, the official also emphasized: “it doesn’t matter how they are dressed, but for girls, harassment is not acceptable from any point of view. For this we have a great responsibility to continue to work both in school environments and in public spaces and even in family environments”

What is Girls and Boys Educate Adults?

This is a program that seeks to discover the Bogotá that girls and boys dream of. These are initiatives led by boys and girls who are redefining their voice for cultural transformation. In this sense, 8,400 boys and girls shared their contribution to the District Development Plan

Similarly, the participation of boys and girls in formal and informal spaces to plan and build Bogotá from their perspective, where 1,605 young people shared their suggestions for improving the transport system.

Also to make adults aware of the transformative role of girls and boys, recognizing them as political subjects capable of contributing to the cultural change of the city, where 1000 super ideas from boys, girls and young people were received and turned into reality. Based on this experience, the national government decided to listen to children for its National Development Plan.

In Bogotá, girls count. Faced with this scenario and given the need to work to transform the situations of vulnerability of girls in the city, the Regional Secretariat for Women highlights October 11 as an emblematic date to make visible the problems and violence faced by girls and adolescents in Bogotá. as well as to strengthen their struggles and resistance.

In this way, the Women’s Secretariat continues to strengthen spaces for reflection around this and other iconic dates to listen to them, learn about their concerns, feelings, interests and those of their families and caregivers, striving their rights to be increasingly recognized. of women throughout their life cycle and preventing and eradicating all forms of violence against them.

Strategy Weaving worlds of equality with girls and boys – ETMINN

Through ETMINN, the Women’s Secretariat made significant progress in 2022 in its goals of gender mainstreaming and contributing to the eradication of violence, sexism and discrimination from childhood.

In the first semester of 2022, a total of 5592 girls and boys participated in the pedagogical meetings held in different contexts and in different places in the city of Bogotá. Of these, 2,966 are girls (53%) and 2,622 are boys (47%).

Likewise, the Entity is present in almost all of Bogotá, being the places with the greatest coverage and demand in the first half of the current year: Kennedy, Engativa, Bossa, Rafael Uribe Uribe and Ciudad Bolivar, supporting more than 50 regional educational institutions , as well as various Amar centers, Crecer Centers, Protect Centers, kindergartens, public kitchens, social and public organizations, etc.

Provincial Deputy Secretary for Women Diana Parra said that “with this strategy or what is constantly being sought is to transform these practices, these imaginings, these beliefs with which women have been brought up and thus to generate action to prevent violence, but especially the empowerment of girls so that they have protective barriers against any abuse.”

Here is the full broadcast of the management council, in which the district cabinet and several girls participated:

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