By Stanley Onyekwere
As Nigerians joined their counterparts across the world to mark the 2020 International Day of Girls, the National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) called on government at all levels to implement laws protecting the girls child.
The Council also called for safe spaces in schools including classrooms, latrine and sanitation facilities and school environment as a whole.
Making this call yesterday in Abuja, the NCWS National President, Mrs. Laraba Shoda, noted that in Nigeria, issues relating to girls are still very much present, hence the annual highlighting of this special day set aside for girls cannot be over emphasised.
Shoda, in a statement made available to Peoplesdaily added that the basis for the celebration of the International Day of Girls was to promote “girls empowerment and fulfilment of their human rights.”
According to her, the Council was pleased to be part of the celebration because it present a great opportunity to remind policy makers and legislators of the issues that are affecting girls.
‘’The importance of girls as agents of change in every society continues to be on the top of the agenda for all.
‘’ It also helps us to keep in focus the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their importance to empowering the lives of girls and women.
‘’As we mark this year’s International Day of Girls, we should review the status of girls in Nigeria in accordance with the spirit of the Day and to use our findings as a call to action,” she said.
Commenting on this year’s theme: “My Voice, Our Equal Future”, with the hashtag #Girlstakeover, the NCWS boss described it as a powerful message, because would allow girls occupy public space and reinforce why their voices should be heard.