The day aims to highlight and address their needs, challenges that girls encounter and promote the empowerment of over one point one million girls as well as ensuring the fulfillment of their fundamental rights.
To this end, the girl-child deserves the same privileges accorded to a male child such as quality education, exercise of her rights and freedom from discrimination as explained by the Enugu State Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Princess Peace Nnaji.
Princess Nnaji commented on this year’s theme “Empowering Girls, Before, During and After Crisis” noted that girls in several crisis situation ought to be empowered through education, employment and skills acquisition.
Speaking on the significance of the day, the Director, Women’s Aid Collective, WACOL, Enugu State, Professor Joy Ezeilo called on relevant stakeholders and government at all levels to enforce the laws on the girl-child while urging States that were yet to adopt the laws to do so.
The Chairman, Post Primary Education Board, Enugu State, Mr. Nestor Ezeme confirmed that the girl-child were more populated in schools as their interest in education could not be measured.
As the global community marks the International Day of the Girl-Child, parents in Enugu metropolis believe that the potentials of the girl-child can impact on the society positively.
Similarly, Nigerians are advised to respect and protect the dignity of the girl-child.
The Chairperson, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ Enugu State Chapter, Comrade Ifeoma Amuta gave the advice in a message to mark this year’s International Day of the Girl-Child.
Comrade Amuta who warned against exposing the girl-child to ills of the society, encouraged parents to send their female children to school and cater for their welfare instead of using them for menial jobs.
She called on government and non-governmental organizations to initiate programmes that would cater and encourage the girl-child to take up a place of prominence in nation building by 2030.
Also, the Chief of UNICEF, Enugu Field Office, Dr. Ibrahim Conteh has encouraged leaders in Africa to promote practices that enhance wellbeing of the girl-child.
Dr Conteh, explained that young girls would realize their potential when provided with an enabling environment, including necessary laws that check violation and discrimination against them.