- Age: 31
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Both boys and girls have equal opportunities to positively transform their communities for transformative change. They both deserve an equal chance in all spheres of life.
- Jackline Chami
Jackline Chami was born and raised in Tanzania. She was received a Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement from The University of Dar Es Salaam in 2017. As a Field Officer at Restless Development, Jackline is responsible for supporting NOREC exchange participants, providing assistance to community advocacy projects, establishing and maintaining relations with local leaders and key stakeholders, and implementing CSO engagement, advocacy training and alumni engagement activities in project locations. As a Mobilizer with the Youth Reference Group for Climate Crisis 2020 at Oxfam, she is responsible for helping shape the climate campaign and amplification plans, being a champion for the campaign within the affiliate and country teams, assisting with sourcing external reference groups and audiences for research, and implementing feedback and suggestions on campaign materials and products as they roll out.
Additionally, Jackline is an Alumni Advisory board member with Restless Development Tanzania, African Women Leaders Network Tanzanian Chapter member, and Peer Educator with Restless Development on sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, advocacy, youth participation and leadership.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
In the Tanzanian community, many young girls and women face gender-based violence daily due to the existing patriarchal system. Having an opportunity to go to school and learn about gender equality, I became more passionate to use my skills and knowledge to help those that are vulnerable. That is how I came in the pursuit of gender equality.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
Through "Girls let's be leaders" project with Restless Development, I trained young girls aged 15-24 on gender-based violence and its effects. I also trained them on livelihood so that they can generate their own income and not depend on their spouses or those that violate the irrights for income. The 53 changemakers were able to form three business groups, and 16 of them formed their own individual businesses. Gradually, their businesses helped them to create an income of their own and the dependency ratio on their spouses or those that violated their rights reduced.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy designing through Canva, so I normally design pictures for my friends. I also love to learn new languages, so if I am not so tight during the month, I enroll for new language lessons. I also like to read books. Currently, I am reading The Alchemist by Paul Coelho. I enjoy listening to music and watching movies too. I also like sports like volleyball.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Swahili (Advanced/Native)
- Chinese (Elementary)
- Nepali (Elementary)
- climate and environment
- youth participation and leadership
- violence against girls and women
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Certificate of Participation in the North to South Exchange Program by Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation (NOREC)
- Certificate of Youth of United Nations membership in the University of Dar Es Salaam
- Certificate of Active membership in Roots and Shoots Club by the Jane Goodall Institute
- Certificate of Completion on Entrepreneurship and Employability Skills Development by the University of Dar Es Salaam and Total Foundation
- Certificate of Participation in the University of Dar Es Salaam Students Debate Challenge