Issues relating to the girl child received a boost on December 19th 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 11th October of every year as the International Day of the Girl Child.
This is to recognise girl’s rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
Researches on human development indicate that investment in the girl child is important because girl children in their critical formative years developed potentials to change the world as empowered girls, workers , future mothers , entrepreneurs, mentors , households heads and political leaders needed for a sustainable and equitable world.
In view of the girl child impact on human development , a veteran broadcaster in Akure the Ondo State Capital and an advocate for women rights , Mrs Biola Olatunde called for more attention on the issue of the girl child.
An Akure based lawyer and President , National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools , Ondo State , Pastor Stephen Abitogun further stressed the need to champion the cause of the girl child.
Citing section 42 of the 1999 Constitution which provides that a person shall not be discriminated against by the circumstances of his birth , the lawyer said the fact that one was born a female should not be a ground to discriminate adding that the female children should be properly educated.
On addressing the challenges facing the girl child, the Ondo State commissioner for women affairs , Mrs Yemi Fasominu listed quality education , affordable healthcare services, passage of the child right bill into law as areas of government intervention to tackle challenges facing the girl child such as child marriage , rape and the rest.
The Chairman, Ondo State House Committee on women affairs , Mrs Kemi Adesanya said parents also have a role to play to safeguard the girl child.