The day set aside by United Nations , is also earmarked to promote girls’ human rights that highlight gender inequalities that exist between girls and boys and also discuss strategies that address the various forms of discriminations and abuses suffered by girls around the world.
This year?s International Day of the Girl Child was under the theme: “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.”
The Communications and Advocacy Officer of Women In Development In Africa (WiLDAF) Ms Abigail Edem Hunu, noted that in recognition of the importance of investing in adolescent girls? empowerment and rights, WiLDAF- Ghana joins the United Nations to help champion the cause.
According to her, there is a need for the Government, Media, Civil society organizations and private sector stakeholders to commit more to putting adolescent girls at the centre of achieving the 2030 sustainable development efforts by making the following critical investments in their present and future:
– Invest in high quality education, skills, training, access to technology and other learning initiatives that prepare girls for life, jobs, and leadership
– Invest in health, including puberty education, menstrual hygiene management, and sexual and reproductive health education and services.
– Promote zero tolerance against physical, mental, and sexual violence against girls.
– Enact and consistently implement violenceand policy mechanisms to combat early marriage and female genital mutilation.
-responsive legislation and policies across all areas especially for adolescent girls who are disabled, vulnerable and marginalized, and victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation.
– Invest in the creation and maintenance of social and public spaces for civic and political engagement, creativity and talent enhancement.
“The commitment by all of us to realising the potential of adolescent girls will directly transform the girls into powerful and positive change agents for their own empowerment, and contribute to advancing gender equality and the sustainable advancement of Ghana”, she added.
According to Ms Hunu ,WiLDAF Ghana is a pan African non-governmental women?s rights organization committed
to the promotion and protection of the rights of women and children.
A day set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness on the challenges tha that millions of girls’ facing in their daily life.
By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/NewsGhana.com.gh