Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Minister, Plan International advocate rights of girl-child

Trump added that International Day of the Girl was a chance for the commit to ensuring equal opportunities for women and girls around the world. The girls from CEENA Health and Welfare Services - a USAID supported orphanage - presented an inspiring tableau performance of Allama Iqbal's poem, titled "Lab Pai Ati Hai Dua".

Speaking, Country Director, Plan International Nigeria, Hussaini Abdu said that Nigeria's commitment and capacity to meet the SDG vision 2030 target will substantially depend on the level of investment in adolescent girls. "I stand to SAY NO to Child Marriage and make a better world for our girls", he said.

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Our theme for the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD is "FOCUSING ON THE GIRL CHILD; Striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet". "We provide many opportunities for girls to explore the world of science and technology through our on campus programs such as Indigenous Math Leadership camp, Let's Talk Science, Science Explorers and STEM Spring Break Camp".

Signature campaign, Speak out sessions in the community and colleges and experts talk on issues affecting girl child on Doordarshan local channel also featured to mark the day in Kohima. Also, as children are among the most vulnerable, they need special attention and we have to protect their rights.

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Some of the placards read "Stop rape", "Stop sexual abuse", "Stop gender-based violence", "Pep for rape survivors".

Thus with the theme for 2017 to "EmPOWER girls: emergency response and resilience planning", the United Nations aims to protect girls from conflicts and violence. Events like concerts, girl's football matches and distribution of clothes are organized on this day.

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Even today, selective abortions and female infanticide are practiced in many parts of Asia. International Day of the Girl Child tries to focus on these challenges faced by girls in their everyday life.

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