A non-governmental organisation, Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC) on Sunday called on stakeholders to join hands in eliminating all forms of discrimination against girls in Nigeria.
CAMAC is a media advocacy group that focuses on advocating for policies and programmes that favour vulnerable women, adolescent girls and children in areas of education, health, child’s rights, protection, development and survival, while drawing the attention of government and other stakeholders to their plight, to find lasting solutions to their problem.
Executive Director of CAMAC, Alex Uangbaoje in a statement to commemorate this year’s International Day of Girl Child with the theme: “My voice, our equal future”, noted that treating the girls like a second class in the society is no longer acceptable saying, the time has come for their voice to be heard.
To CAMAC, “the time has come for us all to work together to eliminate all forms of discrimination against girls. Eliminate negative cultural attitudes and practices against girls. Promote and protect the rights of girls and increase awareness of their needs and potential.
“Eliminate discrimination against girls in education, skills development and training. Eliminate discrimination against girls in health and nutrition.
“Eliminate the economic exploitation of child labour and protect young girls at work. Eradicate violence against girls. Promote girls’ awareness and participation in social, economic and political life. Strengthen the role of the family in improving the status of girls”.
CAMAC called on the Nigerian girls to participate in a youth-led digital activation being launched globally and come up with a digital activism campaign, aim at raising the diversity of their voices and their vision for a great future.
The organisation equally called on governments at all levels to fulfil the promises made to the girls 25 years ago in Beijing, China, where the world promised girls around the globe that they would “take all necessary steps to safeguard their equal rights and ensure that girls achieve their full potential.
“World leaders promised to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against girls, to provide them opportunities on an equal basis with boys, to promote and protect their rights, to eliminate the economic exploitation and to empower them to participate in social, economic, political and cultural life.
“They were promised an enabling environment, where their spiritual, intellectual and material needs for survival, protection and development are met”, he said.
The international day of girl is commemorated every October 11, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face all over the world.