Equal Future 2020: IHRC Live Broadcast on ABN

In commemoration of the International Girl-Child Day 2020, the Niger Delta Representative of the Special Monitoring Mission of International Human Rights Commission was a guest in the popular and thrilling Arise Africa Program organized by Africa Broadcasting Network (ABN), Warri Delta State.

During the live broadcast, I described firmly that empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality is crucial to accelerating sustainable development. Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, but it has a multiplier effect on all other areas of development. I further submitted that gender equality is a global priority and girl’s education is the force for gender equality and lasting change.

It was imperative to harness the importance and impact this year’s theme of International Day presents us: to pay attention to adolescents-to hear what they have to offer and the solution they are demanding.

I demonstrated practically the prevailing social values in our society that at birth, boys and girls are welcome differently.

Therefore, as we focus our attention on the core goals of this year’s theme, which are:

  1. Live free from gender-based violence, harmful practices, and HIV and AIDS 
  2. Learn new skills towards the futures they choose 
  3. Lead as a generation of activists accelerating social change; mothers were charged to answer to the call of their responsibilities.

In a nutshell, I emphasized the need for global action towards:

  1. Eliminating all forms of discrimination against girls.
  2. Eliminating negative cultural attitudes and practices against girls.
  3. Promoting and protect the rights of girls and increase awareness of their needs and potential.
  4. Eliminating discrimination against girls in education, skills development, and tra, inning.
  5. Eliminating discrimination against girls in health and nutrition.
  6. Eliminating the economic exploitation of child labor and labor for young girls at work.
  7. Eradicating violence against girls.
  8. Promoting girls’ awareness of and participation in social, economic, and political life.
  9. Strengthening the role of the family in improving the status of girls.

Fidelis Onakpoma,
Directorate, Save the Girl Child Advocacy Africa,
IHRC ZVC, Niger Delta

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