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International Day of the Girl Child is A Time to Recognise The Value of The Girl Child

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International Day of the Girl Child is A Time to Recognise The Value of The Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child is A Time to Recognise The Value of The Girl Child

Being a girl in Africa is similar to living as an endangered species. From birth, young girls face cultural practices that holds them at a disadvantage. The African culture has never been progressive for women. I am a proud African woman, as much as I value my culture, I also recognise that there are limitations to my growth is I live every aspect of my life as my culture dictates.

A young African girl is raised to be subjected to the whims and caprices of everyone around her, her opinions, her thoughts, her lifestyle and her influences are shaped by archaic cultural practices that will draw her back.

While the boys will be allowed to play in the fields and explore their creativity, the girls are told to spend more time in the kitchen and anyone who dares question this unspoken rule is called lazy and unfit to be a woman.

At at early age, she is exposed to the harsh reality of commodification of her body and justifications for transactional sex in societies where most men see women as lesser beings.

#Sexforgrades caused a rousing discussion this past few days because for the first time in a long time, Nigerians were able to understand the ripple effect of sexual harassment in our educational institutions and all other parts of society.

The girl child is an important asset in any community, we must all join hands to protect her at all cost.

Here is a reminder of the platform for action. We have to collaborate.

The Platform for Action specifically calls on the global community to

  1. Eliminate all forms of discrimination against girls.  
  2. Eliminate negative cultural attitudes and practices against girls.  
  3. Promote and protect the rights of girls and increase awareness of their needs and potential.  
  4. Eliminate discrimination against girls in education, skills development and training.  
  5. Eliminate discrimination against girls in health and nutrition.  
  6. Eliminate the economic exploitation of child labour and protect young girls at work.  
  7. Eradicate violence against girls.  
  8. Promote girls’ awareness of and participation in social, economic and political life.  
  9. Strengthen the role of the family in improving the status of girls.

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