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Girl-child: Campaigning against sexual abuse

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Girl-child: Campaigning against sexual abuse

 

Girl-child activists have renewed fight against the continued sexual molestation and abuse of under aged girls in the country, saying it is a menace that is capable of intimidating and limiting the girl-child holistic development.
The activists, who also called on government and all relevant stakeholders to invest in the development of the girl-child, also stated that girls need a conducive environment to grow into responsible women.
One of the activists, founder of Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu said the girl-child cannot maximize fully the potential embedded in her, if sexual predators were allowed to continue to prey on her with all manner of violation.
Ahmadu spoke at the plenary of 2019 Voice of the Girls’ Parliament, organised in Abuja by her foundation in collaboration with the Social Development Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory, as a platform for girls to express themselves and also interface with the older generation.
Ahmad said, “for us to have an empowered woman, we have to start from the cradle so they have value for themselves and be truly independent. Building up a woman is a task that requires time and commitment; therefore it is a wise step to begin early.”
She said further that, “following the popular phrase ‘catch them young’, we advocate the foundation of building a generation of strong, dependable, strong-willed and innovative women, be laid from now in the hearts of our young girls.
“We should be mindful of the fact that we all have a role to play in the physical development and mental development of our girls if they must grow up to be strong women.
“If we want them to be able to stand up and speak for themselves in the face of bullies, sexual opportunists, teacher-female student oppression and other environmental challenges the girl-child is prone to face, we have to bring them up in a society that enables, encourages them to speak up! We have to teach them to find their voice and use it.”
Also speaking at the event, the Acting Secretary of FCT Social Development Secretariat, Hajia Safiya Umar, urged girls who were chosen from different schools within the FCT to resist every attempt from any quarters capable of limiting them.
Umar who applauded efforts of the activists in championing courses that promote well-being of the girl-child, also enjoined all stakeholders to synergise in creating an environment that would enable the girl -child to develop.

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