Spotlight: Dr. Sylvia Gaudence Ruambo

Dr. Sylvia is a devoted professional who advocates for disability, children, and women’s rights. She is the founder and executive director of Support for Future Foundation (S4F), an organization dedicated to promoting the welfare and rights of children, particularly those who are vulnerable or have disabilities. Dr. Sylvia helps children and young people with disabilities by providing therapeutic services, assessing their educational needs, supplying assistive devices, and offering rehabilitation services. She also works as an advocate for children’s rights and development, using her expertise in child and disability rights to make a positive impact. Dr. Sylvia is active in several organizations, including the Pan-African Catholic Theology and Pastoral Network (PACTPAN – Children’s Unit), the Tanzania Child Rights Forum (TCRF), and the Early Childhood Development (ECD) program. As a Child Protection Representative, she works with and for children, teaching them about their rights, and educating adults about child safeguarding through her “teach to protect” slogan. Dr. Sylvia also educates adolescents on sexual and reproductive health, including menstrual hygiene. She is involved in “breaking the silence” camwspaigns in Tanzania, which aim to remove the shame and stigma surrounding menstruation so that girls can menstruate healthily with dignity. She is a member of the Tanzania Menstrual Health and Hygiene Coalition (MHH Tanzania) and the Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) Coalition of Tanzania. Dr. Sylvia uses various platforms such as religious institutions, schools, media, and social media to disseminate her messages and share knowledge. Dr. Sylvia is an active participant in the 16 Days of Activism. She trains women human rights defenders (WHRDs) on safe online practices and protecting children from offensive digital content. She is a Digital Security Trainer trained by Defend Defenders – Uganda. Dr. Sylvia uses her collaborative and innovative skills to mentor WHRDs and children’s rights activists, encouraging them to be creative and innovative agents of social change.

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