26 Nov 2017

Every 11th of October is marked as the International day of the girl child. There are nearly 600 million girls aged 10 to 19 in the world today, each with limitless individual potential, however they are disappearing from public awareness and the international development agenda.  As part of activities to mark the International Day of the Girl Child, The Adekunle Child Foundation (TACF) organised a one day Public Lecture on the theme ‘’ Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030’’ to commemorate this celebration. This event was held at the Government Secondary School Garki Abuja with about 175 girls from Festival Road Primary School and Junior Secondary School, Garki Abuja in attendance.

The opening remark was delivered by the Founder/President of TACF, Femi Adekunle Esq who noted that the girl child is significant to the global population hence the United Nations dedicated a day to commemorating their significance. Sharing the vision and Mission of the Foundation, he said TACF will serve as a platform for facilitating sustainable intervention for the vulnerable child.

“We want you to know your rights and how you can protect yourselves against abuses. We want to encourage you to find women who you can look up to as role models to help you speak up during a period traumas, abuse or depression,” he advised.

Meanwhile, the Co-ordinator African Women Lawyers’ Association Abuja Branch (AWLA), Mrs. Nike Bakrin when speaking on the ‘’Rights of the Adolescent Girl’’, informed the girls on the legal protection they have against abuse under the law. She assured them that AWLA, a body of women lawyers across the continent of Africa would assist them in the event that the need arises. They were encouraged to stand against abuse.

Similarly, Mrs. Biodun Daria, a lawyer and Trustee of TACF delivered a speech on the Power of the Girl Child.  She made the girls realise that the power of the girl child is in their mind, and they have to enlarge their minds which has incredible capacity to achieve great things. Mrs Pat Udechukwu contributed to the lecture by emphasizing on the rights of the girl child, to help them understand their right to self-dignity.

The day ended with a short speech tiled “Lean on Me” which was delivered by Mrs. Nike Adekunle of Sisters, Wives and Mothers (SWiM). She spoke from an emotional therapy point of view. Mrs Adekunle told the girls that they deserve to be respected. She encouraged them that in the event that anyone is undergoing any form of abuse, there are big sisters in her organisation who are ready to offer a listening ear and work them through emotional therapy.

The high point of the event was the opportunity given to the girls to relate with the women one-on-one. They poured out their hearts on personal traumas they were going through.



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