“I believe that the youth are the source of change in any community because they have confidence and power.”
Real change can only occur in a world where girl education and women’s right is given due prominence. A world free against discriminatory practises, sexual assault and many other vices against the girl child, and this fact, notable Tanzanian gender activist Judith Kitinga knows all too well.
Inspired by a mission to fight against the alarming rate of sexual abuse, child marriage, and gender discrimination as well as educate on the importance of family planning within her community, in 2017, Kitinga delved in fully into activism while conducting research at Songea Regional Referral Hospital.
The twenty nine year old in 2018, was a global representative for children and youth at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum in New York. As part of her efforts towards activism, Kitinga has gotten involved in several projects including “Tutimize Ahadi,” which brings gender-based violence and violence against children to focus. Buttressing the importance of increased youth participation in national development, the activist also preaches and encouraged youth participation.
“The vision is to expand not only in Tanzania but globally, to ensure that more young people are aware of the power they have to make a change in society,” Ms. Kitinga has been quoted as saying.
“Have passion and confidence. When you cooperate and work together, it’s easy to achieve what you set out to do.” She tells the youths.
Ms. Kitinga proudly takes her place amongst Tanzania’s 20 Youth Accountability Advocates for Restless Development, a US-based organization that supports youth engagement in economic and social development. She notably brought her advocacy to the 2018 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Kitinga holds s bachelor’s degree in Health System Management from Mzumbe University.