Today is Day of The Girl and we’re stoked to be a part of such an important day.
Every year on the International Day of The Girl, activists all over the world unite to highlight solutions required to improve the lives of girls all over the world. Granted, we have phenomenal women such as Karo Omu, Chimamanda Adichie and others doing the good work towards achieving gender equality in Nigeria. However, that goal is far from coming to fruition as a result of the dangerously violent conditions Nigerian girls are exposed to from Boko Haram insurgents – who target school girls to teenage pregnancy and poverty.
So how can you celebrate and show support to this cause? Well, you don’t have to be a popular person to advocate for rights of the Girl Child. Acknowledging and talking about the state of things is advocacy in its own rights. So here are 5 other ways to show support and create a better future for our girls.
1. Mentor young girls when you get the chance
Mentoring might seem like a daunting task but it’s not as challenging as it is. For younger women to succeed, we need to teach them the ropes and show them how to climb to the top.
2. Don’t hire underage girls
Many Nigerian woman are sitting on this table because child labour is rife in our society. Rather than hiring underage house helps who should be in school, hire an older, more qualified person to do the job.
3. Donate to causes that empower girls
There are several NGOs dedicated to tackling issues affecting women and girls – from sexual health to education. For instance, Sanitary Aid Nigeria, aims to provide free sanitary pads for girls in low income communities.
4. Do the right thing
Vote right – the future of girls coming after us lies in our hands and the hands of who we elect. Use your position to create opportunities and advocate for girl’s rights. Support women-owned businesses and create safe spaces for girls and women everywhere.
The girl child will live her best life when women like us rise up and do all we can to protect and defend her. You can’t change the world alone, but you can start where you are.
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