Today is the eleventh of October and its a significance day being the International Day of the Girl Child. It is our collective responsibility to empower the future generation of girls, tell them they can be what they want to be as long as it doesn’t harm them or anyone else. It is also our collective responsibility to let them know that being a girl isn’t a boundary that holds them back from achieving greatness.
Gone are the days when people believed the role and usefulness of the girl child ended in the kitchen. Today woman are making a great impact around the world.
The theme for this year’s celebration is WITH HER; A SKILLED GIRL FORCE. Apart from educating the girl child another way to empower her is by encouraging her to learn various skills which will help her become useful to herself, the society and to generate income in the future. The various skills to learn could be photography, graphics designing, makeup, web development, digital marketing, shoemaking, amongst others.
There are 1.1 billion girls in the world and every one of them deserves equal opportunities for a better future.
On this day I celebrate the girl child, I recognize and celebrate the potentials of every young woman out there and the fact that she is always a voice to reckon with. I celebrate the strength that keeps her moving even when the world turns against her. Let us all work together to educate, empower, celebrate, honor, respect, love and protect her. Stop trying to subjugate her. Give her a voice today.
DID YOU KNOW?
1. 750 Million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday.
2. Most women and girls alive today who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation were cut before age 5.
3. Malala Yousafzai said ”We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”
4. Young women in conflict zones are 60% likely to be out of secondary school than their counterparts in conflict-free countries.
5. Yusra Mardini is a Syrian refugee who at age 17 swam for three hours from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos, while also pushing a dingy with 20 others. She was a swimmer in the first refugee team to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Source(united nation women), I stepped through an exam there, you can as well.
I, Victoria Oyedepo stand for girl child education and empowerment. I stand against child marriage and any form of violence or threat to the girl child.
Special shout out to all the amazing girls out there. I dropped a short video on YouTube, kindly watch it, subscribe to my channel to see more videos, like, drop your comment and share with your friends. Thank you.