1 Doctor Hafsat Shehulecturer at Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokotourged girls to attend processional classes and advocate for their rights even for the development of society.
2 She made the call on Sunday during an interactive session with students and out-of-school girls in preparation for the 2022 International Day of the Ruled Girl. Nigerian Girl Summit (SONGS).
3 The SONGS supposed to be held in Abuja on October 11 would feature a representative from Sokoto State.
4 The Sokoto Girls’ Pre-Summit Camp on “Our Time is Now, Our Rights, Our Future” is supported by The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
5 It is designed to raise awareness of the plight of girls around the world and chart ways to empower them for the protection of their rights.
6 Shehu stressed the importance of educating girls, as mothers and leaders of tomorrow, noting that for them to achieve a better future, they must ignore all forms of challenges.
seven She said participants discussed individual and group challenges, to map out possible ways to come up with solutions.
8 According to her, girls are sensitized on career choices, skills acquisition, body and environmental hygiene, health talks and other issues for their overall development.
9 “We focus on the development of girls, their rights in society and to promote their inclusion in the decision-making process, the pursuit of education and improved roles in society.
ten “Participants are expected to pass on the knowledge gained to their peers, students and other members of the community,” she said.
11 She added that the participants included people with physical disabilities, students and out-of-school girls.
12 The speaker noted that rural areas had been targeted for sensitization, to encourage the enrollment of the girl child in schools.
13 She said educating adolescent girls would eliminate gender inequalities and called for increased investment in science and technology education for girls.
14 She said that effectively empowering girls in rural areas would expose them to knowledge of their human rights and issues of gender-based violence (GBV).
15 “The opportunity is to put the communities first, to present them to the government and other political decision-makers as well as to development partners to help the girl child.
16 “It is part of the means to protect girls, to help them go to school, to learn crafts, among others,” she said.
17 Some of the participants, Balkisu Muhammad and Sabira Abubakar, praised the training, adding that it gave them the opportunity to learn more about the live challenges and their solutions.
18 “We have learned the importance of education, career development, types of GBV, hygiene and other issues that are beneficial to our lives,” said Sabira Abubakar.
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