Tatenda Take Over UNDP and UN in Togo
Lome(TOGO) - October 12th, 2018: To mark the International Day of the Girl celebrated on October 11th, the United Nations system (UNS) in Togo partnered with Plan International Togo through the “Girls Take Over” to celebrate young girls nationwide and shed light on their concerns initiative. For this 2018 edition, Tatenda ShanonMukwawayatook over the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Representation and the UNS Coordination for 24 hours.
Damien Mama, UNS Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, personally welcomed Tatenda. After sharing views on the daunting challenges inherent in his dual functions and achieving in life in general, Mr Mama gave the young girl wise pieces of advice on the qualities that youngsters must develop to make an impact in the world, namely among others, humility and good judgment.
After a tour of the offices to personally meet colleagues, the one-day Resident Coordinator spent her time better understanding the actions undertaken to better support local development priorities toward sustainable development in Togo. She also absorbed material and discussed with workers about the ongoing organization reform and how it affects people’s ability to deliver program results. She acknowledged that managing a vast and complex system such as that of the UNS in Togo - with its many agencies, all with their specific mandates - wasn’t to be underestimated.
At the end of her term, Tatenda handed Mr. Mama a thank-you note which not only expressed his gratitude but also highlighted her newfound ambition to one day join the women of UNS in dedicating a career in achieving sustainable development goals to make the world a better place for all.
Plan International's "Girls Take Over" initiative puts young girls in positions of authority for a day, the time to show the world that women and girls have a leading role to play in the development of peoples and nations.
Follow the link to read her thank you note.