Parents and caregivers have been urged to educate children especially girls, about her anatomy, to empower her to raise a voice when she suspects sexual abuse or exploitation.
This was the submission of an Associate Professor of Mass Communication, University of Ilorin, Dr Saudat Sallah AbdulBaqi during a seminar in Ilorin on Sunday, to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child.
At the event, organised by Federation of Muslim Women’s Association in Nigeria, FOMWAN, Dr AbdulBaqi explained that if a girl grows with an awareness of sacredness of her body, nobody can intimidate her.
Amirah of FOMWAN, Hajia Maimunah Shehu stated that the day celebrates the importance, access to education, empowerment and potential of girls around the world which conformed with FOMWAN’s mission.
The State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Hajia Saadatu Modibbo-Kawu said girls are priceless and blessing for the present and future of humanity.
Gone were the day’s girl education ended in the kitchen and the change in dimension is manifest in a 52.8 per cent of women political office holders in the state, she said.
Hajia Saadatu advised girls to equip themselves with education and vocational skills and believe in their potentials.
She said that sensitization was important to achieve a secured and safe environment for girls against gender-based violence.
The theme for this year’s celebration is My Voice: Our Equal Future.