As the World turns attention to issues surrounding the Girl Child today, The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Ondo State, want governments and stakeholders to invest in the future of the Girl Child, to fully equip them for the World ahead of them and properly position them in the forefront of change.
In a statement signed by the Chairperson, of the Association, Mrs Doris Olumoko and Secretary, Oluwatosin Ighoteguono to commemorate this years international day of the girl Child in Akure, NAWOJ indicates that that there is need to educate the girl child about their rights, help them make healthy choices, protect them from violence especially rape and teach them to be leaders and able to build a brighter future.
In line with this years theme, “Our time is now—our rights, our future” the Association adds that it is important to note that every girl child must go to school as they play multiple roles in the household, society and the economy.
According to the UNESCO, International Day of the Girl was adopted as an international holiday back in 2011 as a day to “recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
Ondo NAWOJ posits, that, there has been increased attention on issues that matter to girls amongst governments, policymakers and the general public, and more opportunities for girls to have their voices heard on the global stage In these last 10 years.
The Female Journalists frown at the level at which Girls around the world continue to face unprecedented challenges to their education, their physical and mental wellness, and the protections needed for a life without violence as COVID-19 has worsened existing burdens on girls around the world and worn away important gains made over the last decade.
The Association further urges governments to ensure every girl child has access to the educational opportunities required to build a better life for herself in addition to keeping girls in school, since education is essential to women’s future.
Ondo NAWOJ also appeal to parents not to neglect their responsibilities to their children, but properly educate them irrespective of their gender adding that, educating children about issues of life and the rights and privileges they should enjoy would guide them in their journey in life.