The International Day of the Girl Child, 11th October is a day observed the world over every year to draw attention to the welfare of girls and raise awareness on the challenges of discrimination, abuse and inequality they face.
A lot of issues confront the girl child in the world today, some of them are specific to regions while some of them are global concerns.
We must all however address all issues of sexual violence, harmful traditional practices, child marriage, lack of access to formal, informal and vocational education and training, child trafficking and poverty among others.
The theme for the year 2015 International Day of the Girl Child is ‘The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.’ The significance of this year’s observance is that girls born at the same time the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) was implemented in the year 2000 are adolescents and girls born this year will be adolescents in year 2030. This crucial fact is worthy of consideration as the world measures its achievement of the MDG’s and makes future plans to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
This year, the Women of Essence Foundation will observe the International Day of the Girl Child in Ondo State with a one day seminar on Friday 13th November 2015 hosted by Hallmark Secondary School, Ondo, Ondo State. It will also be attended by other prestigious schools in Ondo State.
The seminar will feature presentations by speakers on the theme of the year, valuable contributions to issues discussed and a question and answer session with questions drawn from presentations made.