Wednesday, 3 November 2021

UNPF Celebrates Int'l Day of the Girl Child in Calabar, kicks Against Gender Based Barriers


As part of activities to celebrate the 2021 International Day for the Girl Child, the United Nations Population Fund have trained secondary school students in Calabar on issues related to the empowerment of the girl child. 

The event which was geared towards garnering supports for action to be taken towards dismantling cultural and religious barriers hindering the girl child from achieving her full potentials had students drawn from various secondary schools in Calabar in Calabar metropolis gathered at the assembly hall of Holy Child Secondary School were they were equipped with different levels of knowledge surrounding the Girl Child.

Speaking to news men, the Cross River State Program officer and Head of United Nations Population Fund in Cross River State Dr Abayomi Afe, Informed that the day was remarkable in the UNPF calendar as it affords them the opportunity to empower, promote the autonomy of the girl child and create awareness that will lead to breaking cultural, religious etc hindrances around the girl child.

"To us It very important to mark this days to creating t awareness for the development and support of the girl Child and for breaking, the barriers and other cultural hindrances that is holding the girl Child back from achieving her full potentials. We see it as an avenue to promote the autonomy of the girl Child." He informed.

The state Director of Women Affairs Nancy Nsor used the opportunity to advocate for equal treatment and appreciation to encourage every child to optimize their aspirations in life, stating that the girl is a multi talented personality who need to be appreciated to contribute her quota to the development of humanity.

In her remark, the Director Child, Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs Asi Archibong stated that the global celebration was conceived to draw attention to the predicament of the girl child and mobilize the needed support to checkmate the anomaly.

Speaking, with some of the participating students, our reporter gathered that the campaign was well appreciated, for instance Miss Oti Daniella of University of Calabar International Demonstration School told newsmen that she has acquired knowledge that will help her be a better person while fully expressing her potential without being discriminated just because she's a Girl.

For Master Victor of Hope Waddell Training Institution, he believes Women should be allowed to access education so they can influence the thoughts of their children, stating that from lessons learnt in the event he will be an advocate for girls right.

UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency whose mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.