As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the international day of the girl child, a member of international federation of female lawyers FIDA, Rivers State branch, Mrs Ifeoma Agbo has called on parents especially mothers to stop the practice of female genital mutilation in the name of preserving virginity of the girls.
Mrs Agbo made the call while featuring in Treasure FM Phone in Programme ‘Let’s Talk About It’.
Mrs. Agbo who spoke on the medical effects of the practice said the dignity of the girl child should be protected.
According to Mrs Agbo, the female gender has the right to own properties as stated in the constitution.
Mrs Agbo advised that both genders should be able to inherit properties from families.
NAWOJ (Rivers state chapter )
Acknowledging the importance, power and potentials of adolescent girls, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Rivers state chapter has called for opening of more opportunities for girls in the society.
Chairperson of the association, Comrade Susan Serekara-Nwikhana made the call on the occasion of this year’s International Day of The Girl Child.
Comrade Serekara-Nwikhana described true empowerment of the girl child as critical as that of the boys for economic growth stating that the meaningful participation of girls in decisions that affect their lives is key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence.
NAWOJ GIRL CHILD
Comrade Serekara-Nwikhana enjoined government at all levels, traditional institutions and religious organizations to use the occasion to focus on problems and challenges faced by girls.
Still on the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child, some commercial sex workers are appealing to government at all levels to empower them with businesses and jobs that would enable them live a stable and healthy life.
They are also appealing to organisations and well meaning individuals to help them to live a decent life.
Correspondent Blessing Ituma who was in Benin spotted the girls and interacted with them.
Parents urged to stop female Genital mutilation as world marks Day of the Girl Child