Written by on October 12, 2021

Yesterday International Day of the Girl Child.

The United Nations General Assembly on 19th December, 2011 passed a resolution declaring October 11 every year as the International Day of the Girl Child.

The Day primarily focuses on the necessity to acknowledge the challenges that girls face around the globe and to empower them towards fulfilling their human rights.

This year’s theme is “Digital Generation, our Generation”.

Here in Rivers State, activities marking the Day have commenced in many towns.

In a chat with Radio – Rivers Correspondent Vice – Chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area, Angela Anthony Oju-Kienmie while acknowledging the importance of the day described the theme of the year’s celebration Digital Generation, our Generation as apt.

 Ms Angela Oju-Kienmie urged other leaders in the Country to emulate the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike’s administration policy of empowering the girl child as well as Chairman of Opobo Nkoro Local Government Area.

She said this can be seen in his choice of ensuring that a woman becomes the Deputy Governor while the Vice Chairman of the 23 Local Government Councils be given the woman folk and commended women for the celebration.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ Rivers State Chapter has called for opening of more opportunities for girls in the society.

The Association Chairman Comrade Susan Serekara-Nwikhana and Secretary, Ngozi Anosike in a statement to commemorate this year’s International Day of the Girl Child said true empowerment of the Girl Child is critical as that of the boys for economic growth adding that meaningful participation of girls in decisions that affect their lives is key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence.

NAWOJ further stressed the need to empower young ladies to become inspirited free women of tomorrow as well as elimination of gender-based challenges that little girls face around the world especially child marriage, poor learning opportunities, violence and discrimination.

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