As the World commemorates this year’s International Day of Girls, the Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC) has called for the deliberate empowerment of girls in such a way that they are seen in the present and not just in the future.
KADSPAC is a network of active civil society and media partners working collaboratively to strengthen transparency and accountability in the Social Protection system in Kaduna State.
Chairman of KADSPAC, Ms. Jessica Bartholomew in a statement on Wednesday lamented that girls in Nigeria and Kaduna State in particular have continued to face numerous challenges hampering them from reaching their full potential in life.
To her, the theme for this year which is “Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow” means investment in the education, health, and well-being of girls through social protection and human capital development, which will in turn mean investment in a brighter future for all.
“Girls are not just the future, they are the present. They are leaders, innovators, and change-makers in their own right.
“In many parts of the country, including Kaduna State, girls continue to face numerous challenges. Gender inequality, discrimination, and violence persist, limiting their opportunities and potential. But today, we choose to focus on their resilience, determination, and limitless capabilities.
“Education is a powerful tool for transformation. When we educate a girl, we empower her to chart her course, make informed choices, and contribute to her community.
“By providing equal access to quality education, we ensure that every girl has the chance to unlock her full potential. Empowering girls beyond education alone means creating an environment where they feel safe, where their voices are heard, and where their dreams are supported. It means dismantling harmful stereotypes and biases that hinder their progress. It means nurturing their self-confidence and self-worth.
“Let us also acknowledge the importance of mentorship and role models. Girls need to see that there are no limits to what they can achieve. When they see successful women in various fields, they are inspired to reach for the stars. As we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child, let us recommit ourselves to the cause of empowering girls.
“Together, we can ensure that they have the opportunities and resources to thrive and lead. Let us work towards a world where every girl, regardless of her background or circumstances, can dare to dream, achieve her aspirations, and be the change she wants to see.
“Let us remember the words of Malala Yousafzai, a beacon of inspiration for girls everywhere: “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” Today, let’s stand together to make a brighter tomorrow for all girls around the world”, Jessica said.