By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has called on state governments that have not domesticated the Child Rights Act to as a matter of urgency do so and ensure its effective implementation in their respective domains.
To this end, CITAD is pleading with parents to ensure not only enrolment of their girl child to schools, but equally ensure at least the completion of their primary and secondary education.
CITAD, in a press statement to commemorate the International Day of the Girl 2020 asked all stakeholders and citizens including women groups, CSOs and members of the society to play their role in putting eyes on moral discipline and protection of girl child from violation of rights and any form of child abuse.
The Centre in a press statement by its programme officer, Maryam Ado Haruna noted that protecting the girl child is the responsibility of all stakeholders including government and its relevant MDAs, school managements and teachers, security and CSOs, traditional and religious leaders, media and parents, among others.
“We need collective as well as individual efforts together to help in reshaping the world to become a better and safer place for our girls”, the statement said, stressing that parents must ensure the provision of their family needs and especially that of the girl child
It added, “Teachers and parents should provide mentorship for their girl child/student on how to protect herself and respond to abuse. Parents and school managements should ensure the provisions of sanitary pads for adolescent girls”.
It recalled that every year on 11th October, the International Day of the Girl is being celebrated globally with a series of campaigns and activities to amplify the voices of girls and encourage them stand up for their rights, with this year’s theme as “My Voice, Our Equal Future” which calls for a better world inspired by adolescent girls energized and recognized, counted and invested in.
According to the UNICEF, as adolescent girls worldwide assert their power as change-makers, International Day of the Girl 2020 focuses on their demands to live free from gender-based violence, harmful practices, and HIV and AIDS, learning new skills towards the futures they choose and lead as a generation of activists accelerating social change.
UNICEF described the Beijing Declaration as the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing the rights of not only women but girls, pointing out for almost 25 years now, the platform remains a powerful foundation for assessing progress on gender equality.
It called for a world where every girl and woman can realize all her rights, such as living free from violence, attend and complete school, choose when and whom she marries, as well as earn equal pay for equal work.
The platform called on global community to eliminate all forms of discrimination against girls, negative cultural attitudes and practices against girls, promote and protect the rights of girls and increase awareness of their needs and potential, among others.
CITAD therefore called on stakeholders at national, state and local level to work together towards eliminating gender violence and discrimination against girls especially rape, to enable them live in a space free from gender-based violence and harmful practices.
It could also be recalled that CITAD had in the past made frantic efforts aimed at reducing gender-based violence and discrimination as well as protecting girl child right, especially the right to education and freedom of expression.