Celebrated annually on October 11, the International Day of the Girl (IDG) focuses on enhancing the qualities of the girl child by amplifying their voices and bringing to bear all the actions and inactions that curtail the rights of girls and women affecting their lives negatively.
There’s a need to move beyond reaffirming commitments and put in the actions that can fuel the global change we need as far as the girl child is concerned.
According to UNICEF, globally, many girls are pushing for new ideologies and embarking on solution-oriented policies in their respective communities.
There is therefore the critical need to invest in all the areas that can uplift the inherent talents possessed by girls and support them to realize their optimal potential.
From comprehensive sexuality education to survivor support services, violence prevention programs, maternal health care, and parenting support for adolescent mothers, to digital and life skills training, the girl child and women must be our major stakeholders.
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