Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to be part of the “Maputo Protocol at 20 Celebrations: Advancing Dignity and Choice.” These two days were a whirlwind of emotions, connections, and inspiration as women from all corners of Africa gathered to celebrate two decades of the Maputo Protocol and amplify voices for sexual reproductive health rights. As a girl new to the media industry, this event was a game-changer for me, shedding light on crucial issues and igniting a newfound appreciation for the power of human interactions.
From the moment I stepped into the event, I felt an overwhelming sense of belonging. Surrounded by passionate faces and engaging discussions, I knew I was part of something transformative. Throughout the day, we dove into insightful workshops and panel discussions that opened my eyes to the real impact of the Maputo Protocol on women’s lives.
The “Amplifying Voices” session was very memorable as brave women shared their personal stories of resilience. Each story was a powerful thread that wove the tapestry of empowerment and unity. I was in awe of the courage and strength displayed by these women, and their stories left an indelible mark on my heart.
The second day was a catalyst for action and change. As a girl new to the media industry, I soaked up every word in workshops on media engagement. I realized the immense power media holds in amplifying voices and driving conversations about sexual reproductive health rights.
As the event drew to a close, I was filled with gratitude for this life-changing experience. The Maputo Protocol at 20 Celebrations opened my eyes to the importance of empowering women and advocating for their rights. I was inspired to use my voice in the media to drive social change and amplify the voices of women across Africa.
The highlight of the event was undoubtedly the “Amplifying Voices” session, where brave women shared their personal stories of resilience. Each narrative was a shining beacon of hope, illuminating the path towards a more equitable and empowered future for women in Africa.
In just two days, the Maputo Protocol at 20 Celebrations transformed me. As a girl new to the media industry, this event ignited a passion within me to be a force for change. I am forever grateful to my boss for giving me this opportunity. It was a life-changing experience that helped me appreciate the power of human interactions and understand the urgency of advocating for sexual reproductive health rights. As I walk away, I am armed with the knowledge that I am a part of a collective force that will champion the rights and voices of women in Africa.
This journey is not over; it is merely the beginning. I am determined to use my platform in the media industry to amplify voices and drive meaningful change. Together, with our shared experiences and unwavering unity, we will pave the way towards an Africa where every woman’s dignity and choices are embraced and celebrated. Let us continue this journey with hope, love, and compassion, united in the pursuit of empowerment for all.
By Joy Nakato, Intern, AMWIK