October 11nth was observed as the International Day of the Girl Child.
In the spirit of the day, human rights Activists and some pro- women emancipation groups have advocated the need to protect and preserve the rights of the girl child in all facets.
Even though there was no special event organized to mark the day in Taraba State, Taravoices correspondent examines the origin of the day and how far it has gone towards achieving its objectives.
International Day of the Girl Child was formerly proposed as a resolution by Canada in the United Nation’s General Assembly.
Rona Ambrose, Canada’s Minister for Women, sponsored the resolution and a delegation of women and girls made presentations in support of the initiative at the 55th United Nations Commission on the status of women.
On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly voted to pass a resolution adopting October 11,2012 as the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child.
Each year’s International Day of the girl child comes with a theme. The first was ‘Ending child marriage’, the second in 2013 was ‘Innovating for Girl’s Education’, the third in 2014 was ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls; Ending the Cycle of Violence’ and the fourth in 2015 was ‘Power of Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030’.
This year’s 2016 theme for the International Day of the Girl Child is “Girl’s Progress=Goals Progress: What Counts for Girls”.
Speaking on the significance of the Day, Mrs. Helen Douglas Saba and Mrs. Nun-Rimam Dashe commended the United Nations General Assembly for setting aside a day to highlight challenges facing the Girl Child and to create consciousness on the part of stakeholders to chart the way forward.
They challenged parents as first socialisation stage of a child to rise up to their responsibility of good parenting in such a way that future mothers would not be exposed to activities that will render them Vulnerable to rape and societal problems.
Taraba State Chairperson of the Federation of Women Lawyers, Barrister Jessica Ofia noted that FIDA is strongly committed in ensuring that gender inequality especially against the girl child is totally abolished despite its concrete cultural background in the African setting.
Ofia also challenged the Girls on their part, to rise up to the challenge of pressuring themselves as Governments, Activists and Civil Society Organisations are playing their parts to emancipate the female folks in all facets.