As Nigeria join the rest of the world to mark the International Day of the Girl Child, the FCT Administration wants the Girls parliament to aspire to become the change they want to see by speaking against injustice, sexual and Gender Based Violence often metted on the girl child.
The forum also stressed the need for the girl child to explore positive use of the social media and internet to get their voices heard on issues that affects them.
The Acting Secretary FCTA, Social Development Secretariat (SDS), Dr Kevin Ike, gave the advice at the 2021 International Day of the girl child celebration, organised by the Helpline Foundation For The Needy, in Abuja.
Mr Ike , represented by the Head, Revenue Unit of SDS, Malam Muktair Mohammed, encouraged the girl child to use social media and internet to champion the course of the girl child unto her liberation, protection and achievement of her full potentials.
This, Mr Ike said would bring healing and build bridges of reconciliation, equity, fairness and justice that was fast eroding .
According to Mr Ike, “no gainsaying that the the older generation has failed…Use it in addressing domestic violence whenever you see one and so make your neighborhood safer than you met it”.
Earlier, the Organiser of the event and founder Helpline Foundation For The Needy, who said the Girls Parliament was an initiative aimed at building a generation of vibrant, dependable, just and strong willed female leaders, advocated the support of Government at all levels in the physical and mental development of young girls.
” We should be mindful of the fact that we all have a role to play in the physical and mental development of our girls… for them to speak up for themselves in the face of bullies, sexual opportunists, teachers oppression and other environmental challenges… helpline foundation has taken it upon itself to bring them out in a forum like this periodically for them to meet with accomplished women from all field to inspire them.”
On her part, the outgoing Speaker of the girls parliament, Cynthia Odoh, who called on girl child to be agent of change wherever they find themselves, also called for the political will of government in tacking insecurity that is posing great threat to the education of all school age children.
The Girls Parliament is a combination of Secondary school girls interested to be trained and mentored on leadership and vocational skills.
Highpoint of the event was the inauguration of the newly elected executive members of the Girls Parliament.