Female children have been advised to make themselves relevant anywhere, not be intimidated and always speak out when faced with any challenge in life.
Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon Oluwafunmilayo Efuwape gave this advice at the Sagamu Zone celebration of the year 2020 International Day of the Girl Child.
Speaking on the theme, “My Voice: Our Equal future”, the Commissioner noted that it was a call on everyone to amplify the voices of adolescent girls and put their needs at the forefront of laws, policies, and practices in every country and community around the world.
According to her, women and girls face different types of issues around the world every day. From discrimination to domestic violence, sexual abuse, among others, adding that it is left for the girl child to speak out amid challenges and never allow herself to be intimidated.
In her lecture, Dr. Tope Olaifa who spoke on the topic “Powering the voice of the girl child”, said every girl child should not allow herself to be marginalised , they should not to allow anybody to make them inferior, rather be bold to face life challenges, to compete with the male counterpart.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Adijat Olaleye encouraged every girl child to abstain from all forms of social vices and be a good role model to others.
In the same vein, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Melutia Ogunremi at the Abeokuta Zone, urged children to always speak up and let their voices be heard, adding that with the statistics at hand, there have been increased reports of rape, violence, and abuse of girl child, advising them to act as agents of change and replicate what they were thought for the effectiveness of the programme.
In her lecture, the guest speaker, Mrs. Dare Joyce enlightened the students on what was meant by “My Voice, Our Equal Future” as not just the vocal sound but also the self-esteem, dignity, confidence, and self-worth that would give the vocal voice the confidence to call for a change where necessary.
She added that a girl child is unique, valuable and a rare one and should not allow anyone to refer to her as an ordinary girl, saying equal future awaits both gender, if the girl child would not misuse her given opportunity.
Kemi Peters and Tayo Olusanya
Press Officer. Women Affairs