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International Day of the Girl-Child: Advocating for Girls’ Rights and Well-being

Government has been advised to provide a conducive environment to ensure that matters relating to the well-being of the girl child are addressed. 

The Programme Director, Foundation for Livelihood Advancement and State Coordinator, Civil Society Action Coalition and Education for All, Imo State Chapter, Elder Kenneth Amogu gave the advice while featuring in an Orient FM programme, “Issues In The News”.

Elder Amogu, who hailed the theme of the 2023 International Day of the Girl Child, “Invest in Girls’ Rights: Our Leadership, Our Well-being”, said the time was ripe for everyone to redouble efforts and tackle critical issues affecting the girl child. 

Contributing, Mrs. Chinwe Adim, the UNICEF and Other NGO Desk Officer, Imo State Universal Basic Education Board, said the prevailing economic situation  had put most families in the ugly  position of choosing who among their children should drop out of school, stressing that the girl child  is often affected when such decisions are taken in the family.

She expressed dismay that despite the child rights law and advocacies, the girl child was  still being stereotyped.

In her submission, Mrs Caroline Ezeokeke of Standup for Women Society, said the girl child faces peculiar challenges all over the world. 

She cited the  example of Afghanistan where women and girls are prevented from going to school, adding that the essence of the  International Day of the girl child was to draw the attention  of the public to the challenges of the girl child, build conversations around  them and empower the girl child to know her rights.

Callers on the programme advised the government, parents and guardians to identify the personal needs of the girl child and make them available to support her upbringing.  

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