600m girls’ po­ten­tials dis­re­garded glob­ally –Unicef

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ibrahim Kabiru Sule & Lat­i­fat Opoola

The United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (Unicef) yesterday lamented that “lim­it­less po­ten­tials” of about 600 mil­lion girls world­wide are be­ing for­got­ten in all facets, in­clud­ing the in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment agenda ini­tia­tives.

It said is­sues of gen­der in­equal­ity fac­ing young girls in schools and other se­cu­rity ar­eas should be brought to the front burner by lead­ers at var­i­ous lev­els for them to ben­e­fit from tar­geted in­vest­ments.

Unicef said this yesterday as the world marked In­ter­na­tional Day of the Girl Child, which is an­nu­ally cel­e­brated on Oc­to­ber 11 to high­light gen­der in­equal­ity is­sues of the young girls.

This year’s cel­e­bra­tion, ac­cord­ing to the UN body, was tagged “The Power of the Ado­les­cent Girl: Vi­sion for 2030.”

Unicef said in a state­ment to mark the day that: “There are nearly 600 mil­lion girls aged 10 to 19 in the world to­day, each with lim­it­less in­di­vid­ual po­ten­tial, how­ever they are dis­ap­pear­ing from public aware­ness and the in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment agenda.”

Also, the BringBack­OurGirls move­ment in mark­ing the day once again called on Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to pri­or­i­tize all its ef­forts to­wards pro­tect­ing the rights of the Nige­rian girl child, while in­vest­ing in rel­e­vant ac­tions needed for their em­pow­er­ment.

The group made the de­mand yesterday in a state­ment signed by the group’s con­ven­ers Oby Ezek­we­sili, Hadiza Bala Us­man as well as its spokesper­son, Aisha Ye­sufu.

It said the event pro­vided another op­por­tu­nity for the Gov­ern­ment of Nige­ria, through rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tions, to pri­or­i­tize all ef­forts geared to­wards pro­tect­ing the rights of Nige­rian girl child.

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