FIDA Ekiti Advocates Equal Opportunity for the Girl Child

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The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Ekiti Chapter has called on all stakeholders to give equal opportunity to both genders to harness their full potentials.

The above call was made in a statement issued by the Secretary of FIDA Ekiti Adeola Adetayo to commemorate this year’s International Day of the Girl Child.

In the statement, she stated:

“It is another 11th October today. A day dedicated by the global community for advocacy on the empowerment and advancement of the girl child; the International Day of the Girl Child.

FIDA EKITI joins the world populace to focus on the theme “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force” as we stand with girls everywhere as they inspire, innovate and take charge of their own future.

The Girl Child has suffered long enough all sorts of abuse. She has continued to endure horrific practices and subjection to a second fiddle-a less human. 

She witnesses differential treatments such as son preference which often results in female infanticide – as well as child marriage and sexual exploitation. She is often outpaced and outranked by boys in all spheres of her life. Across the world, the girl child is faced with hindrances to her education, training, and entry into the workforce.

Despite her struggles and hard life, when given the same opportunities as boys, the girl child has proven to be just as strong as the boys. She is brave, intelligent, innovative, resilient, never succumbing and has broken through the glass ceiling. She is a human being and deserves no less.

The key issues focused on by the International Day of the Girl Child are education, equality, child marriage, access to services regarding puberty and sexual health and addressing issues around gender-based violence.

To develop A Skilled Girl Force, we are calling on all stakeholders, starting from the home – the parents, community leaders, religious bodies, educational institutions, public and private employers, the Local, State, and National leaders, and the global community to work towards:

  • Rapidly expanding access to inclusive education and training.
  • Improve the quality and gender-responsiveness of teaching and learning to enable girls to develop foundational, transferable and job-specific skills for life and work.
  • Create inclusive and accessible schools, training and learning opportunities to empower girls with disabilities.
  • Change gender stereotypes, social norms, and unconscious bias to provide girls with the same learning and career opportunities as boys.
  • Increase girls’ participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning.
  • Create initiatives to support girls’ school-to-work transition, such as career guidance, apprenticeships, internships, and entrepreneurship.
  • Deliver large-scale public and private sector programming for girls’ skills and market-adapted training.
  • Enable access to finance and enterprise development for female entrepreneurs.
  • Form strategic partnerships with governments and private companies which can act as thought leaders and financiers, helping to train girls and bring them into the workforce.
    # Investing in girls is the right and smart thing to do.

Let us invest in the education and skill sets of our girls to set them on a path to achieve their greatest potential in their future career, and remove all the gender barriers on their paths to joining A skilled Girl Force.

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