By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Non-Governmental Organization, Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child, (CAMAC), has said girls are not second class citizens in the society, and treating them as such is no longer acceptable.
Executive Director of CAMAC, Alex Uangbaoje, stated this in a statement to mark 2020 International Day of the Girl Child with the theme: ““My voice, our equal future” made available to the media in Kaduna on Sunday.
Uangbaoje called on stakeholders to jointly ensured all form of discriminations against girls are totally eliminated in Nigeria as the time for their voices to be heard has come.
He added that the time has come for all and sundry to work together to eliminate all form of discriminations against girls, negative cultural attitude and practices against girls.
“Promote and protect the rights of girls and increase awareness of their needs and potentials.
“Eliminate discrimination against girls in education, skills development and training; discrimination in health and nutrition.
“Eliminate the economic exploitations of child labour and protect young girls at work. Eradicate violence against girls.
“Promote girls’ awareness of and participation in social, economic and political life. Strengthen the role of the family in improving the status of girls,” he said.
CAMAC also called on governments at all levels to fulfill the promises made to the girls 25 years ago in Beijing, China, that “All necessary steps would be taken to safeguard their equal rights and ensure that girls achieve their full potentials.
“World leaders promised to eliminate all forms of discriminations and violence against girls; to provide them opportunities on an equal basis with boys; to promote and protect their rights; to eliminate the economic exploitations and empower them to participate in social, economic, political and cultural life.
“They were promised an enabling environment, where their spiritual, intellectual and material needs for survival, protection and development are met.”
The International Day of the Girl, is commemorated every year on 11 October, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face all over the world.
It is meant to promote the empowerment of young girls everywhere, while also advocating for the attainment of their basic human rights, like education and bodily autonomy.
This year’s event focused on their demands to:
“Live free from gender-based violence, harmful practices, and HIV and AIDS, learn new skills towards the future they chose, lead as a generation of activists accelerating social change.”
CAMAC, therefore called on the Nigerian girls to participate in a youth-led digital activation being launched globally and come out with a digital activism campaign, aimed at raising diversity of their voices and their vision for a reimagined future.