Petrider is Feminist who envisages a world where gender equality is attainable. As an Assistant Communications, Partnership and Advocacy Officer of Children Dignity Forum Tanzania, she helps to manage communications and advocacy campaigns of the Tanzania Ending Child Marriage Network and MenEngage Tanzania network, and is currently serving as a representative of the DFID and UNFPA Tanzania Youth Advisory Panels.
She is an Akili Dada Fellow 2017 - Akili an international award-winning leadership incubator nurturing a generation of young African women from underprivileged backgrounds whose commitment to the underserved will transform their communities. Petrider has been engaged in training girls and boys in rurals part of Tanzania concerning the need to stop FGM practices and child marriage and has experience in advocating on gender issues.
Catherine Kapilima, aged 20 years old, is a student at the Institute of Finance Management in Dar es Salaam. Catherine has being involved in youth activism since secondary school. Her strong background and focus on community collaboration has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles.
She believes in a world where by women and men are treated equal, and in bringing changes to her community by ending violence against women including female genital mutilation and ending early child pregnancies.
Specioza is 20 years old and recently completed her advanced level of education in Mwanza region, and is now pursuing undergraduate studies at the University of Dar es Salaam.
She's working with Youth For Change Tanzaniaas a young activist to bring changes for youths and eradicate CEFM (child, early and forced marriage) also FGM (female genital mutilation), together with all other forms of humiliation that face a girl child.
Her vision is that in this interconnected world, everyone has a right to live freely, loved, and protected without experiencing any form of violence. She believes to achieve world vision 2030, each person should take an action on protecting a girl child.
Upendo is currently studying International Relations at University of Dodoma. Upendo has volunteered with a number of NGOS and believes in the role of youth in building the nation. She has worked as a team leader of the Jali Project under Tanzania Aspiration Initiatives (TAI) with the aim of developing awareness on menstrual health and hygiene.
Upendo is passionate about Youth For Change, as FGM and child marriage are important aspect in development of girls’ lives.
Francis is a member of the Youth Advisory Panel at UNFPA Tanzania and Pioneer of the East African Youth Alliance on SRHR. Francis’s main areas of interest are youth participation and women's empowerment. For Francis, Youth For Change is a platform that enables young people to share skills and knowledge and to learn from other advocates on the issue of advocating for girls and women rights.
Neema is a young prospective Advocate of Tanzania High Court and has a Post graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law School of Tanzania. Neema’s passion for human rights dates back to her Undergraduate study as the co – founder and the Vice President of the TUDARCO Human Rights Association.
She believes that FGM & child marriage should be ended to give girls an opportunity to enjoy their education and health rights. Neema hopes that Youth For Change will achieve advocacy for outdated policies and laws which encourage early marriage.
Athuman is currently studying Law at University of Dar es Salaam School of Law and has experience in areas of research. Athuman has volunteered tutoring students in History, Geography and English and has been providing legal advice to those in his community. He hopes that Youth For Change will help to abolish FGM and CEFM and influence UN to adopt international protocol to end these harmful practices.
After joining high school at USA Seminary in Arusha, Aristarick was a General Secretary of the debate club of which discussed gender issues, child, early and forced marriage and FGM. After University, Aristarick was involved with the Tanzania International Model UN, Dodoma Region Model UN and different activities organized by the EAC Club-Dodoma.
Aristarick believes in the power of youth in creating change, and would like to see the work of Youth For Change influence his grandparents and those in the more remote villages in Tanzania.