The definition of “Girl” is a female under aged 18, or a persons’ child, a young 15year old female is an example of someone who would be considered a girl. The term girl may also be used to mean a young woman and is often used as a synonym for daughter.
It is however unfortunate those who find themselves under this definition face many hurdles, one of which is early marriage. Early marriage remains widespread in developing countries, affecting girls and endangering their lives and livelihoods.
If this trend continues, millions of girls will marry before adulthood within next decades. Another attention-needed debate is that Girls are less encouraged compared to boys to participate in and learn about the social, economic and political functioning in the society, as they are not offered the same opportunities like boy child to take part in decision-making process.
People everywhere, mostly women are watching the debate unfurl with keen interest.
However, to promote and protect the right of the girl child, the girl education is becoming a major part of discourses in academic spheres. In Nigeria, Nollywood producers, Radio presenters, Professors, Mechanics, drivers, Politicians are always bringing up the issue to public’s attention.
The rhetoric then is, will there ever be a day in Nigeria where the girl child will be as privileged as the boy child with regards to the freedom to pursue their academic aspirations? I can’t tell.
ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN:
* Generate awareness of the disadvantaged situation of girls among policy makers, planners, administrators and implementations at all levels, as well as within households and communities.
* Educate Women, men, girls, and boys to promote girls’ status and encourage them to work towards mutual respect and equal partnership between girls and boys.
* Facilitate the equal provision of appropriate services and devices to girls with disabilities and provide their families with related support services as appropriate.