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Kilimanjaro’s One Billion Rising Dance Protest

By now hundreds of men, women and children have already danced, shouted and joined in some form of event to mark One Billion Rising, a mass day of action to end violence against women.

Take a look at many community members from Mweka and Roots & Shoots students supporting the cause


And enjoy and be inspired by the beautiful speech ‘How Special We Are’ that the R&S students from Kibosho Girls Secondary School, Tanzania wrote

‘How Special We Are’

A special day in a week can say a lot about that moment in the year that comes only once per season.

Valentine’s day is one among the special days to people; it gives people the opportunity to share, love, care, wisdom and showing affection to their love ones…

Just like the way the world is trying to live like a village that’s how women are now fighting for their rights, the right to be heard, listened and speak out their views.

It is in this century that people come to understand, what kind of precious rubies were surrounding them. How precious women are in their society.

With only one heart but a lot to give a woman is always there for the family, husband, children, friends and everyone around.

Sometimes I ask myself what kind of hearts women were gifted since they give a lot, sacrifice a lot just to make sure her loved ones are happy..

In a day like Valentine it is a time that people should share their love, should appreciate their loved ones, keeping in mind when such a special day passes, it never comes back…!!

When it appears again it will be long after the birthday of Jesus, a new year and until February knocks at our door again!!

When such moment is there like Valentine make most of it and share it with the people you love…!!

I can say today is a happy day since in this century men do appreciate women, listen to them and give them a chance to try…!!

With such situation, we see that within the society there is unity and care, challenges and a hear of working hard. 

This is all because of unity that is among us. 

All in all women should always be respected, loved, cared, given attention and be appreciated from what they do.

They always say, “A world is dark without women.”

Composed by: Lillian Kimaro

Read by: Diana Nancy Mallamia and Aneth Neues

From: Kibosho Girls Secondary School, Moshi, Tanzania 

Hope it inspired you as much as it inspired us!

the Roots & Shoots Team

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