October 11, 2016 | A Write-up.
It’s our day! Yes, as a female, lady and woman-becoming I’m excited about this day which has been set aside to recognise our sex.
“The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child is “Girls Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”, is a call for action for increased investment in collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data. One year into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, improving data on girls and addressing the issues that are holding them back is critical for fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals.” – UNWomen. For more click here
Growing up as a girl, I was always under cautious watch both from my family and the community. Don’t do this, don’t do that etc… I was privileged to attend good schools and associate with different classes of people. I think in Africa, really some of our parents hardly talked on sex education. Then our parents would shy away from the responsibility of telling us these things. You’d hear some mothers say “If you touch a boy, you’d get pregnant etc…” That’s issue no. 1,i think there should be adequate sensitization on these crucial issues.
In general, I can say it helped to shape me for the future. I remember growing up and hearing about how wasteful it is to send girls to school as “there’s no need since they’ll finally end up in the kitchen”, oh well….
It’s high time people stop seeing girls as “properties to be acquired”. Every girl deserves equal right to education, job placement, adequate treatment, health care, love, protection and basic human needs.
Recent talks have hammered on the need for gender equality and parity: talked about it here. I think enough has been said. Appreciate your girl child. She’s the future of the world! We should pause and reflect on the messages the Girl Child receives these days, we can also lend our efforts into seeing that the girl child becomes valuable tomorrow.
Every day young girls are being mutilated, they’re being abused and raped. The rising series of domestic violence is alarming. It’s time to put an end to such practices and appreciate the female gender.
Important positions that can be given to women in the society are being diverted simply because she’s a woman. This shouldn’t happen.
Young girls are being shipped off to unknown places against their will for prostitution and slavery. This should end!!!
Say NO to Child Abuse!!!
Say NO to Female Genital Mutilation!!!
Say NO to Human Trafficking!!!
Say NO to Rape!!!
Say NO to Lack of Female Education!!!
Say NO to Forceful marriages and Child Bride!!!
Say NO to Gender Inequality!!!
This article is dedicated to all the young girls out there, in Africa or the Middle East, and around the world living below normal, those facing one form of challenge due to the inability to access necessary resources needed, those who have been abused and are silently dying inside, those whose culture have tied them down, those whose rights have been denial, those who one belief or the other has caged their minds, those who’re suffering and smiling, those working hard to make a difference but not appreciated, those who’ve been denied equal opportunity to showcase what they have, those who inspire others, those fighting for others…. I say you’re celebrated and you’re not alone.
There are several girl-female groups, associations and NGOs that seek towards the improvement of every Girl Child. Locate one today.
I celebrate every young girl, lady and woman. The world would never be a better place without us and that’s why God decided to bring us in the first place 😉
Happy International Day of the Girl Child.
Keep being you…
For those going through one form of challenge or the other, no matter how hard it seems,pray and talk to God; He is able, always listening. Also try to open up to trusted individuals. There are different known organizations that help. Also find relief groups too and share that burden…
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