Application Deadline: October 13th 2020

The Graça Machel Trust works across the continent on three issues: women’s rights, children’s rights, and governance and leadership. We catalyse action, support local initiatives, lend solidarity and offer support where it is needed. We connect people and groups that should know each other and work together; and engage both publicly and behind the scenes with power brokers to strengthen, multiply, and amplify the voices of African women and children. We work through networks and collaborations, and incubate and create new initiatives where there are gaps.

The Graça Machel Trust mission is to amplify women’s movements, influence governance, and promote women’s contributions and leadership in the economic, social, and political development of Africa; and advocate for the protection of children’s rights and dignity.

The Graca Machel Trust has an exciting and unique opportunity to share which will provide adolescent girls with a space for their voice to heard and amplified. This listening initiative hosted by the Graca Machel Trust aims to work with adolescent girls to have them reimagine a better world that is inspired by their own hopes and ambitions. It will be from the energized and recognized efforts of these adolescent girls that we will gain leadership on how we can build a more equitable world that is considerate of the struggles and aspirations of adolescent girls on the continent.

The Trust will achieve this through a listening series that will have adolescent girls speak about the kind of world which they wish to have established during and post COVID – 19. This will be done to cultivate a culture of agency amongst adolescent girls whereby they can claim their own destinies. We believe that this bottom – up approach will see national, sub – regional and continental stakeholders serve to support and uplift the call to actions and works of the adolescent girls rather than providing them with antidotes that are never fully reflective or considerate of the adolescent girls lived reality.

This listening series will be led by adolescent girls from the continent. The diversity of Africa in culture, religion and traditions would mean that the activities of this event need to be reflective of the different realities that adolescent girls face in their own environment.

The Graça Machel Trust will be listening to the adolescent girls for purposes of capturing their thoughts and opinions to all stakeholders. This process of information capturing from the adolescent girls will begin with a release of vlogs that have been done by adolescent girls around the continent and end with a series of webinars.


If you are an adolescent girl between the ages of 15 – 17, then submit a vlog of no longer than 3 minutes capturing your daily lived experience to illustrate the following;

  • How has COVID – 19 interrupted or changed your life?
  • How have you had to adapt to these changes?
  • What are the Opportunities, if any, do you believe exist for adolescent girls?
  • If you could envision a world post COVID – 19, what would it look like?

The Graça Machel Trust wish for this vlog to reflect the activist and change agents that you are and highlight the changes that you wish to see come into effect in the world. All vlogs videos to be submitted to

You can send in your video in the following languages

  • Portuguese
  • English
  • French
  • Swahili
  • Arabic

Speaking Brief:

Please follow the set script below in recording your video;

Hi my name is ____ (insert name and surname) ___ I am ___ (insert your age) __ and from __ (this country) __ proceed to answer questions listed above.

Video shooting guidelines:

You can be downloaded here

Consent Form:

Please note that you must have filled in the consent form and have it signed by your parent or legal guardian for your application to be considered.  The Consent Form can be downloaded here

Mpilo Shabangu: [email protected]

Due Date: No later than the 13 October 2020.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Graça Machel Trust Day of the Girl Child Vlog Call

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