Day MICF celebrated International Day of the Girl Child
The girl child is important to nation building. To mark the 2016 International Day of the Girl Child, Morna International Children’s Foundation organized a seminar for girls in selected secondary schools. The theme of the event was ‘’Adolescent Girls and Sustainable Development Goals’’.
Dr. Abimbola Abolarinwa of the Department of Surgery at LASUCOM and LASUTH and the first female Urologist in Nigeria gave a background to why the girl child is being celebrated on October 11 as well as the United Nations’ goals for the girl child all over the world.
While delivering her speech on ‘’Quality Education/Gender Equality, Mrs. Abolarinwa admonished the girls to strive to be the best in everything because the world waits for no one. She advised them to grow up into women who cannot take no for an answer in their life’s pursuits.
‘’I want you all to grow up to be women with resolve, women who know what they want and go after it without taking no for an answer, she added.’’
Even though she noted that there are differences between the boy child and girl child with regards to physical build up and roles, they are no differences between them when it comes to capacity and intelligence.
Quality Education and Gender Equality as part of the United Nation’s sustainable goals for the girl child is very important because once girls can achieve these two, they can easily achieve the rest.
According to Mrs. Abolarinwa, common attacks on the girl child include:
Early marriage and child bearing
Inferior quality or no education
Physical and psychological abuse
Disparity in employment
Mr. Roy Oamien Okhidievbie, CEO August Eye Security service Ltd while discussing his topic ‘’Security & Safety Awareness For Girls’’revealed that awareness is the first line of defense for girls. Most people think of kicks to the groin and blocking punches when they hear the term self-defense, however, true self-defense begins long before any actual physical contact.
He noted that while protecting themselves from attacks, awareness is the first and most important component of self-defense. Awareness of yourself and your potential attacker’s likely strategies is the best way to overcome attacks.
Because the criminal’s primary strategy is to use the advantage of surprise, girls should be aware of their surroundings at all times and be at alert so that they won’t be surprised by predators, said Mr. Roy.
When it comes to security on the internet, Mr. Roy advised the girls to be careful not to give their full names, addresses or phone numbers to people quickly, nor ever agree to meet anyone from the internet without knowing them first.
He also spoke about safety at school and on their way home, and on the road. Girls should ask passersby for help if attack happens on the road or on their way home. And one of the ways they can achieve that is to shout for help.
For security tips at home, the girls were admonished not to allow unknown persons into their homes especially if they are the only one at home. Always use the spy hole. Make it clear to the caller that you will not open the door.
Mr. Roy also taught them the SKY (Scream – kick -yell) technique whenever they are in danger. He said by doing that, they would draw attention to themselves and could save their lives during attacks.
Then there was a section on personal hygiene. After that came question and answer session and the convener, Mrs. Bukola Afolabi-Ogunyeye gave her closing remarks. The girls also gave feed backs on each speaker’s session and looked forward to next year’s event with enthusiasm.