Give more opportunities for girls to compete on the global stage ~ Mrs. Prosper Igwe

Give more opportunities for girls to compete on the global stage ~ Mrs. Prosper Igwe

Governments, policymakers, and the general public has been urged to give more opportunities for girls to have their voices heard on the global stage.

The Abia State Coordinator, Young African leaders Initiatives Network, YALI, Mrs. Prosper Nma Igwe made this call as the world marks this year’s International Day of Girl child, with the theme “our time is now, our rights, our future.”

She noted that the International day of girl child is an event recognized by the United Nations to raise awareness regarding gender equality and the problems that girls face in their day-to-day lives and also to draw attention to the challenges and needs of girls around the world and to promote their empowerment, as girl child needs to be mentored and taught values that will improve her self-worth and self-esteem.

Mrs Igwe further noted that with adversity, comes resourcefulness, creativity, tenacity, and resilience stressing that the world’s 600 million adolescent girls have shown that given the skills and the opportunity, they can be the changemakers to driving progress in their communities, building back stronger for all, adding that eve girl child needs to be provided for, cared for and be loved.

In her words
“It is time for us all to stand accountable – with and for girls – and to invest in the future that believes in their agency, leadership, and potential.

A call to action for all change makers and leaders to collectively give greater attention, investment, and action on:
Supporting the leadership of adolescent girls at the forefront of change efforts, including by hearing their voices, responding to their asks, and nurturing spaces for their inclusion in decision-making.

Increasing resources for and investments in adolescent girls, including for the networks and organizations that support quality and inclusive education and prioritize their well-being.

Improving access to and uptake of inclusive adolescent girls-centered services at all times, especially in crisis response and recovery.”

Happy International Day of the Girl Child

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