The Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has urged state and non-state actors to ensure the protection of the girl child especially in the face of COVID-19.
CCIDESOR called on citizens to take a cue from this year’s theme of the commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child. “Empowering Girls For a Brighter Tomorrow”, adding that there is need for other civil society organizations to add their strong voices to the protection of the girl child. ‘Giving a girl a secondary education is far better than getting her married to the richest man in the world, as being educated will help her enjoy better health, take care of herself and the children she will give birth to’.
CCIDESOR also stated that ‘education alone will not be enough for the Girl child to tackle the boundaries of tradition, stressing that parents should ensure that the Girls are taught to be strong enough to resist the evils of societal pressures under which they are often buckled’.
CCIDESOR pointed out that empowered educated Girls have healthier, better educated children and higher wages thereby helping to break the circle of poverty in society as well as strengthen economies.
CCIDESOR hinted that if the girl child is protected from sexual harassment, intimidation and violence, the society will be stable to develop other facets of human thrives.