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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TANZANIA UN YOUTH DELEGATES & FELLOWS

The following are some responses to the frequently asked questions about the Tanzania UN Youth Delegates and Fellows;

  • What does Tanzania UNYD & F stand for? 

Tanzania UNYD & F stands for Tanzania United Nations Youth Delegates and Fellows.

  • What is the Tanzania UN Youth Delegates & Fellows Program?

The Tanzania UN Youth Delegates and Fellows  is part of the AFRICAN UNYD, a program which aims to increase representation of the youth of the Global South at the United Nations. Therefore, we are looking for interested and highly motivated young people who want to become UN Youth Delegates and UN Youth Fellows to represent the interests of the youth at both the national and international level! In 2024 The Program seeks for 20 Tanzania UN Youth Fellows from which 2 will become the official Tanzania UN Youth Delegates. The AUNYD is not an official part of the UN Youth Delegate Program. The UN Youth Delegate Program is driven and owned by UN Member States. Official Youth Delegates are always exclusively selected by UN Member States. The AUNYD we select have a better chance to become national UN Youth Delegates through our training and support.

  • Is it Fully Funded?

Yes! The program is fully funded for the 2 delegates to attend regional workshop and the UNGA meeting and for the fellows to attend national workshops.

  • Is there a salary?

NO! This is not a job offer hence there is NO salary, it is an opportunity to represent Tanzanian youth at the United Nations, learn about various issues concerning young people, and increase your network.

  •  Is it a must to record the video on the application?

Yes, it is a must to record the video as part of the application requirement.

  • What does the program offer?

The chance to become part of a national UN Fellowship with opportunities at UN internships, formulating a mandate that represents the demands of the youth, and outreach activities. Moreover, two fellows are selected as youth delegates and get to represent the youth interests of your country at the UN General Assembly in New York.

  • What are the eligibility requirements for Tanzania UNYD & F? 

Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Tanzania UN Youth Delegates and Fellows Program is open to young Tanzanians between the ages of 18 and 32 who are passionate about leadership, youth development, responsible and committed to fulfill duties of delegates.

  • What are the criteria for selection? 

Selection panels will use various criteria to evaluate applications including how the applicants responded, and it is on merit and competent based.

  • Can a foreigner apply for the program?

No! only Tanzanian nationals can apply for Tanzania UN Youth Delegates and Fellows Program.

  • Is it a must for me to be available to attend all workshops?

Yes, it is. You MUST be available to attend the national workshop for the fellows, regional workshops for the delegates  and to travel on all the indicated dates of the program. And you will be disqualified as a UN Youth Delegate if you do not participate in all of the mentioned dates.

Application form available at:https://forms.gle/4H5G19muZqzSKtEB6

Deadline: 15th January 2024

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE: EMPOWERING CHILDREN TO SPEAK UP AGAINST VIOLENCE

Every year, worldwide civil societies join hands for the 16 Days of Activism campaign against gender-based violence. Under the mandate provided by the UN Secretary-General in 2008, UN Women oversees the initiative UNiTE to End Violence Against Women. The UNiTE campaign embraces orange as a unifying color for all of its global initiatives, representing the promise of a future free from violence against women and girls. The campaign runs from November 25—International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women—to December 10—Human Rights Day, demonstrating that the most prominent human rights violation is still violence against women and children. The global theme this year is “UNiTE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls”. The theme centers on how crucial it is to fund various preventative measures to prevent violence from happening to begin with.

UNA Tanzania leading the youth community of practice under the Linking and Learning coordinated by WilDAF with the support of VOICE organised a session to promote awareness of violence against children to students of Mbagala Primary School. Two hundred pupils, ages eleven to thirteen, participated in the session, which intended to enhance their understanding and empower them to speak up when they encounter, witness, or believe that there has been violence against a fellow student. The concept of violence against children, its forms, its effects, prevention, how to recognize a victim of violence, reporting procedures and risk factors with vivid examples of risk practices in their residing community were all explained to the students .

Target 16.2 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to “end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against, and torture of, children”. However, studies published by the African Partnership to End Violence against Children (APEVAC ) in  2021 showed we are far behind. The studies revealed that more than half of all children in Africa experience physical abuse, while in some parts of the continent, four in 10 girls suffer from sexual violence before the age of 15. The 2023 UNICEF statistical profile for the violence against boys, girls, and women in the SADC region shows that the lifetime prevalence of forced sex among girls and women is 17% on average. To add up around 120 million children aged 1 to 14 years (over 8 in 10) in the region experience violent discipline at home. The problem is massive. Dealing with it begins with investing in empowering children with comprehensive knowledge to be able to identify acts of violence as well as report them and we are at the forefront of making that happen!

CHANGING THE LIVES OF FARMERS IN MPWAPWA DISTRICT

UNA Tanzania is implementing the climate resilience project in Mpwapwa District which aims to pilot a 7-pillar regional resilience model in Tanzania to strengthen the ability of communities to cope with and regulate the effects of climate change. The 7 pillars model focuses on engaging the communities to drive local cost-effective solutions that can help create sustainable living conditions in their villages. In partnership with International Aid Services in Kenya and LM in Tanzania, we are changing the lives of farmers in the district.

As part of the project UNA Tanzania has handed over farm inputs to 33 farmers from all the villages in Ng’ambi Ward and 2 community institutions; 1 school and 1 church. The inputs included 3.5 tons of fertilizers, 250 kg of millet and vegetable seeds, 150 kg of plastic sheet for ground installation of the rainwater harvesting dams, 630 triple layered food preservation bags, 35 litres plant boosting fertilizers, and 4 herbicides/pesticides sprayers. Hon. Obert Mwalyego, The Ag. District Administrative Secretary on behalf of the District Commissioner of Mpwapwa, graced the handover.

Providing farm inputs to farmers in the ward is an integral component of the project. We aim to impact the local community to become climate-resilient, ensuring food security and enhanced livelihood through the provision of farm inputs including resistant seeds, raising awareness of best farming practices as well as enhancing crop value chain and food preservation techniques , and promoting local methods for rainwater harvesting.

LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND IS ENSURING WE ACHIEVE HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL

Human rights are essential to achieving sustainable development that leaves no one behind and is central to all its three dimensions (social, environmental, and economic). This is reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seeks “to realize the human rights of all” and is firmly anchored in human rights principles and standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the international human rights treaties.

Driven by the link that exists between the two, UNA Tanzania organized the SDGs and Human Rights Capacity Building Session that provided comprehensive knowledge on SDGs and Human Rights to 30 youth from different regions in the country and created a platform for sharing experiences among youth that are working on such areas.

The session enabled the youth to increase their capacity and knowledge of SDGs and Human Rights. It enhanced the mechanisms to link and align their work on SDGs with Human Rights through the SDGs/Human Rights reporting tool. Furthermore, improved SDGs and Human rights advocacy capacity of the trained youth by devising advocacy messages that will be amplified in a one-month social media campaign using the social media pages of UNA Tanzania and some of the trained youth. Follow the campaign to learn more about the association of SDGs and Human Rights, as well as the advocacy messages from the youth through the hashtag #SDGsAndHumanRights

UNA TANZANIA AT 2023 CSO WEEK: A CONFLUENCE OF IDEAS ON TECH AND SOCIETY

UNA Tanzania, a recurring steering committee member of the annual Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Week in Tanzania for 5 years, actively engaged in the 2023 CSOs Week in Arusha from 23rd to 27th October 2023. The 2023 CSO Week was themed Tech & Society: Then, Now and Beyond and explored the transformative power of technology in society. The week created a space for robust discussions on harnessing technology for positive societal change. The aim was to foster collaboration by bringing together around 500 attendees from Mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar, and East Africa, encompassing civil society organizations, policymakers, technologists, media, and other stakeholders.

On the second day of the week, UNA Tanzania organized a thought-provoking session titled “Internet & Society: Moon-shooting in line with Youth, Digital Technologies, Elections, and Democracy in Tanzania.” The session expounded on the fact that in Tanzania, millions use the Internet for freedom of expression. Yet, the Cyber Act, meant to counter online crimes, has sometimes been used to silence dissent and critique of government actions. This session aimed to engage youth with other stakeholders from CSOs to discuss these challenges, especially with upcoming elections, offering insights into the electoral landscape, promoting collaboration, exploring digital opportunities, and charting the way forward.The session was organized in collaoration with VOICE, WILDAF ad Restless Development.

Baruani Mshale from Twaweza Tanzania presented an insightful reflection on the dynamic interplay between society, democracy, and technology. He highlighted key themes, such as citizen participation, transparency, accountability, equality, the rule of law, freedom, and human rights. He emphasized that technology serves as a reflection of societal behaviors and underscored that a non-democratic society cannot leverage technology for democratic progress. He prompted attendees to consider where to begin in harnessing technological advancements to enhance democracy and foster societal development. This session offered a thought-provoking exploration of the impact of technology on critical aspects of governance and civil society in Tanzania.

Moderated by Lucas Kifyasi; The Head of Programs at UNA Tanzania, the panelists, included Maxence Melo (Jamii Forum), Tony Alfred (The Chanzo), Anna Kulaya (WiLDAF), and Badru Juma Rajabu (Restless Development), delved into the impact of digital technologies on Tanzanian youth, upcoming elections, and democracy. Maxence Melo emphasized the personalization of online content, stating, “What you see online matches your behavior. The content you encounter aligns with the calls you make, the websites you visit, and more. When you’re online, you’re the product.” Tony Alfred underscored the need for citizens to actively shape digital laws; “Despite the digital space’s rapid expansion, citizens have often been sidelined in the decision-making processes concerning digital regulations.”Anna Kulaya stressed the importance of digital platforms in promoting inclusivity, stating, “We should look at how we utilize our platforms to advocate for the involvement of women, youth, and individuals with disabilities in democracy and digital usage.”

Panelists from left;Maxence Melo (Jamii Forums), Anna Kulaya (WILDAF), Badru Juma (Restless Development) and Tony Alfred (The Chanzo)

Key takeaways included;

  • The importance of good governance in ensuring the proper use of technology. Good laws promote responsible technology use.
  • Technology mirrors our societal behaviors, and online democracy reflects our community engagement beyond technology.
  • The need to empower youth with digital skills and encourage their active participation in matters that concern them.
  • The importance of citizens having control over the digital space and not facing restrictions on their full online participation.
  • The significant role of CSOs in educating communities about their civic rights and responsible digital usage to foster an informed society for active democracy.
  • The importance of  citizens to understand their rights, as it makes it easier to defend and uphold them, particularly in relation to the Constitution.

An engaging moment emerged when an audience member, Kamala Dickson voiced a compelling thought: ” It is crucial for the government to develop a digital voter registration system, that will make it easier for young people to exercise their right to vote in local and general elections without jeopardizing their livelihood.

Kamala Dickson contributing during the discussion

UNA Tanzania’s session at the 2023 CSO Week proved to be a hub of insightful discussions, offering diverse perspectives on technology, society, and democratic participation in Tanzania. The event successfully fostered an environment for dialogue, innovation, and collaborative efforts to harness the transformative power of technology in the country.