NHRC TASKS STAKEHOLDERS ON EMPOWERMENT OF THE GIRL CHILD

Posted: 2017-10-13


The National Human Rights Commission is calling on government and other stakeholders to show more commitment in empowering the girl child and ensuring that her rights are adequately protected at all times.

The Acting Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah who made this call in Abuja as Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate the 2017 International Day of the Girl Child which is observed annually on October 11, noted that the girl child was yet to be given her pride of place in the country as a good number of them continue to suffer various forms of human rights violations.

The Acting Head of the Commission regretted that factors like insecurity, insurgency, communal clashes among others had often brought additional challenges on the humanitarian condition of the girl child as majority of them face displacement, drop out of school, become street hawkers and victims of rape with some grappling with teenage pregnancy among several other odds.

Making reference to the theme of the 2017 International Day of the Girl Child, 'the power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030'. Mrs. Ovrawah stated that given the plethora of problems that confront the girl child 'it has become imperative more than ever before to effectively implement the Child Rights Act 2003 and the Universal Basic Education Act 2004 as well as making sure that these very important legislations are adopted by the 36 States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)'.

Pursuant to this, she said the Commission in line with its mandate had continually organised sensitization workshops in various communities and local government areas across in the country on the need to protect the rights of the girl child so that she could also be empowered to realize her full potential in life.

The Acting Executive Secretary is also using this medium to appeal to individuals and NGOs to double their efforts towards supporting the Commission in promoting, protecting and enforcing the rights of this vulnerable group and also ensure that complaints on rights violations including those of the girl child are promptly reported to the Commission.

The Commission is also calling on the federal government to continue on its efforts towards securing the release of persons, including women, children and the CHIBOK girls who are still held by the Boko Haram insurgents.


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