The need to safeguard the girl child and ensure that she achieves her full potentials is returning to the centre stage as the year 2020 International Day of the Girl Child is being celebrated this sunday.
Felicitating the female folk on the day, the Chairperson, Gender Development Initiative, Professor Olubunmi Ashimolowo noted that they are being confronted with different challenges apart from violence and neglect which need to be corrected.
On her part, the Ogun state Ameerah, Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, FOMWAN, Hajiah Kudirat Robiu stated that the girl child must be given opportunities and support to make their voice heard, submitting that if one trains a girl child, the entire nation will be at an advantage informing that the Sustainable Development Goals will be achieved if government, businesses, communities and civil societies invest in the girls.
Saying that for women to be confident as well have hope and vision, they need to be equipped and empowered from when they were girls, a former President National Association of women Journalists, NAWOJ, Alhaja Fatimah Abdulkareem said more encouragement should be given to the girl child for her to move mountains and overcome challenges and barriers with a view to knowing their abilities in the scheme of things.
Harping on the need to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against girls, the Charter President of Inner Wheel Club of Olumo, Mrs Mulikat Atinuke-Musa advocated an end to economic exploitation of the girl child stressing that they should be empowered to participate in social, economic, political and cultural life.
They all raised their voices on the need to guarantee an enabling environment, where the spiritual, intellectual and material needs for survival, protection and development of the Girl Child are met in line with the theme of the day ‘my voice, our equal future.#