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TEENAGE REFUGEES: Adjust and Regulate harrowing tales of sexually exploited girls on refugees’ camps

Teenagers are mostly sexually exploited in the refugee's camps due to differences in cultural norms and taboos dominated by the indigenous.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

This idea will cover and open the mindsets of the refugees camp managers on how to regulate and maintain the rights of the refugee's girls in all sphere of exploitations and sexual harassment at the refugee's camps. the dimension of this idea will, therefore, make an explanation on the different ideas pointed out by social psychologist about the rise of discrimination at the camps. The interview done by Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the former U.S. Surgeon General, she said that she believes on HIV has done more to change attitudes toward sexuality and sex education than anything else in the past decade. It has forced the world to look at an area of taboos. Conversations about teen sexuality have started. However, the refugee's camps are facing challenges in the area of adolescents and child sexuality. Many observation from camp teenagers explains that, they feel their camps are in safe settings. Feeling safe, at least during the moment, and if you deepen, you will realize that, most of them choose to disclose something about their camps guides, something frightening and deeply painful, also the report from field shows that most violence and discrimination occurs in the mid of providing services, a female of 19years said “He tried whatever he could to get me alone in a room with him. He used to approach me and whisper to me that I am very beautiful and that he would help me out, that he would personally look into my case.” Sexual abuse is only one of the many secrets teens hold; fears that they have a sexually transmitted disease or are pregnant or bisexual or gay or even asexual are also common. Their myths and misconceptions about sexuality are often shyly volunteered, usually with a disguise: and often many studies are having different results and at the end, we are not solving rather a carnage the situation. The main sources of information and incidences on these women’s experiences are reports by various NGOs, human rights organizations and social studies.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

This idea will cover all areas of camping sites in the world Tanzania Specific. Mainly the area where there are high degrees of humiliation and harassment towards adolescence and teenagers in the refugee's camps. The area where there is a sense of inhumanity and viciousness environments towards young girls and teenagers. The lower part of southern Sahara Tanzania, Kigoma specifically is my area of interest with the intention of borders in scale and scope.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

This dimension will bridge the people's mind (people with some ideas on helping the communities with challenges) and the victims (Teenage and adolescents girls) people will rise the ideas and use it to maintain and regulate those kinds of behaviors that hinder the development and advancements of health status in the field of refugees and camping sites. This idea will also help the issue of refining some rules and regulations that use to moderate the "do's" and "dont's" of the camping managers.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

This idea will demonstrate the needy of the human needs, abstaining from sexual discrimination and equality are key human rights that apply to the rights of refugees. States and individual social agencies have the obligation to implement these principles at the national level. National laws can prohibit discrimination and create an environment enabling greater equity. Furthermore, affirmative action and promotional may be the main obstacle to the future generation, a feature of marginalization is that people who are marginalized rather displaced are very likely to be subject to multiple layers of discrimination especially sexually. So this idea will determine the certainty type of human needs whereby at the end of implementation, these adolescences and girls who are sexually discriminated will have safety, stability, security, and comfort on their lives.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

On the other side of the coins, It is also important to understand that the pace of teen sexuality is stepped up in today's world, running faster than it did thirty or even ten years ago. Teens are developing physically two years faster than they did twenty years ago, due to improved refugees handling and the emergence of a different program in Refugees camping sites, but their minds are not any more advanced. This results in girls minds inhabiting fully developed sexual bodies. There are many consequences to this. It clearly impacts the early age, now sixteen on average, when teens have their first experience with sexual intercourse. It might also be affecting higher rates of sexual abuse. so through this mobilization, the law enforcement will enact and produce very clear regulation to maintain and regulate the sexual discrimination to teens and adolescents girls in around the refugee's camps.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

My idea is a direct inspiration from the Lynn E. Ponton, M.D., is a psychiatrist who specializes in working with teens. on her study about "The Sex Lives of Teenagers" she tried to explain the activities undertaken on the camps and how vernerable groups are been treated in front the communities arround. I read that study and I come up with that inspiration idea that will explain the situation and help the lawmakers to come up with the best regulations. Apart from that also this idea goes far to our local communities where by around central and west Africa, countries like Congo and Nigeria, there are so many reports that explain how refugees girls are forced to offer sexual favors in return of the financial gains from the helpers. bad enough, another report is that, there are few cases where Teenagers are exploited during aid distributions, it was said that girls who are without a male protector are more vulnerable to sexual exploitation at the hands of aid workers.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

At this juncture, the idea will work properly whereby the voice of marginalized society comes from the area where there is high needy of strengthening awareness and strong laws pertaining in all spheres of social activities, whereby, increasing the enslavement mindsets of the societies and at the same time to covers their problem and challenges pertaining social interactions. Most of the areas that need this approach include those with a rigid type of community involvement whereby the laws are not active, All teens have stories to tell, stories that need to be listened to, stories from which we can learn a great deal. Listening closely, I have realized that teens want to talk about sex, but with adults they trust. They want to be listened to, and they want nonjudgmental conversations. Conversations about sex are unusual among adults, so it is not surprising that they are even rarer between adults and teens. Often, adults have to start these conversations.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

The approach in the guidance is underpinned by a collaborative sense of ideas whereby the voice of marginalized peoples is lagged behind, the communities where the adolescents girls and sexually exploited groups faced a lot of denunciations and the effects come to entire society in the next days, This approach do covers those areas with rigid type of communities involvement especially to people with less care and guides around the camps, where there is high needy to strengthen community/groups participation in all social developmental activities, whereby, increasing the enslavement mindsets of the societies and at the same time to covers their needy in pertaining social interactions.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

This idea is self-explanatory, but it will sound effective if the World Humanitarian Organisations and those with Gender-based Violation (GBV) will work together to implement the idea. this is due to the fact that, If these two parties work together plus the individuals whose their intention is to cover the problems and challenges of these groups. But also we can start with one side of the continent to implement the idea and we will be going to have the phases whereby the results will determine the effectiveness and the strengths of the Idea. the measure of the objective is to have less discrimination to girls and adolescence withing refugees camping sites.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Systems design: Solutions that target changing larger system

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Group or Organization Name

We are individuals with a passion to develop and register on the future, the organization that will deal with social activities to develop the society we are coming from.

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Ideally, am coming from Tanzania, one of the East African countries, recently I collaborated with refugee agencies like NRC and DRC in Kigoma Tanzania in administering different projects like WASH and other programs. Kigoma is a town and lake port in northwestern Tanzania, on the northeastern shores of Lake Tanganyika and close to the border with Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. they normally receive refugees from the different side of Burundi and Congo. so I personally experienced the life of displaced and intermingle with those victim people.

Type of submitter

  • We are individuals who are part of an informal group or collective

Organization Headquarters: Country

United Republic of Tanzania, Dar es salaam.

Organization Headquarters: City / State

United Republic of Tanzania, Dar es salaam.
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Apart from having different gender policies about sexual discrimination to young teens and women around the camp, the magnitude of the problem seems to be high.


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Photo of Uchenna Okafor

Dear Kenneth Kinyambo! Thank you for this thoughtful and uncommon design. Taking sexual advantage of less fortunate, refugee, and displaced girls by officials meant to protect them is becoming rampant, sadly though. Moreover, if normal girls go through such harrowing ordeal in concentration camps, what could be of disabled girls? Therefore,is there any provision in this design to specially cater for blind, deaf, dumb, lame, etc girls?

Photo of Kenneth Kinyambo

Dear Uchenna Okafor , thanks for your dazzling state on this move, I really acknowledge your motives, for really there is a great potential move to deal with disabled adolescents challenges, because the hitches underlying them are many like introduction of many programs for young people with disability, and expected solution will be to talk about the immoral of substance abuse to the adolescent life cycle.
There is an increasing number of programs that address the specific needs of young people with disabilities, organized by government agencies, private voluntary organizations, religious organizations, and community groups. However, globally the number of such programs remains small. In an international survey on the status of disabled adolescents, only 12% of all experts and organizations surveyed were able to identify programs that targeted disabled young people as a distinct group.
Almost all the programs identified were very small, serving fewer than 100 young people around the camps where millions are disabled. Such programs are more likely to be urban-based and only available to more affluent young people. On this move, we also think of promoting different activities that intend to build capacity and encourage teenager’s self-esteem with the intention of solving and preserve the rights and dignity of the adolescents’ disabled girls.

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