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Int’l Girl-Child Day: Mrs. Ajimobi calls for collective action in girl child protection

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Yemisi Ajayi,Ibadan

 

Moved by the need to protect the girl child from dangers that besets them in the society, wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi has called on all stakeholders to pay attention to the plight of the girl child to enable them reach their potential.

 

She made the through her media aide in commemoration of the International Day of the girl child.

 

Recall that in 2012, the United Nations earmarked the 11th of October as the International Day of the girl child to highlight and address the girl-childs needs and challenges, while also promoting their empowerment and gender parity.

 

Stressing the importance of girls’ ability to dream and have the liberty to lead in the capacity they find themselves without having any obstacles based on their gender, Mrs Ajimobi said the International Day of the Girl is a call for the social and political revolution to tear down the barriers that continue to hold girls back.

 

She added that when girls have equal opportunities, they can transform their lives and communities.

 

The wife of the Governor maintained that the vulnerability of a girl child makes it more pertinent for everyone to protect them from vices such as child labour, child marriage, female genital cutting, rape, exposure to HIV as well as all forms of verbal and physical abuse.

 

However, she reiterated that OYSACA supports development partners to mainstream gender into their programs and embark on gender-sensitive adolescent and youth programs that ensure equitable access to services and products that do not exclude girls and women.

 

She therefore called on all to support girls leadership, help them to fulfill their dreams and promote gender equality because girls are not inferior.

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