International Day Of The Girl Child: Abdullahi Candido Calls For Severe Punitive Measures Against Rapists

The Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido has kicked against rape of minors in the country.

The Chairman spoke during the one-day shadowing Chairman of the Area Council by Miss Victoria

He expressed his passionate concerns to women because he came through them and he doesn’t joke about women

Abdullahi Candido during one day activities put Miss Victoria through the process files go through before they are approved in order for her to learn the ropes of governance.

He expressed his displeasure for having few female legislators in the council hence assigning another girl child as shadow Speakers as well as shadow Council Secretary.

The Council Chairman also introduced Miss Talatu, a first class graduate of Chemistry who graduated from University of Abuja

“Unfortunately, we don’t encourage the young ones especially females, if not so, Talatu should be doing her Master’s Degree while the University retains her to mentor other younger students from the Department, Abdullahi Candido said.

Speaking on behalf of UN Women Country Rep Comfort Lamptey, Nigeria UN Women Program Officer, Mrs Patience Ekechukwu said that the UN Women is focusing on elimination of cultural practices in Nigeria and gender-based violence as girls are humiliated.

She called on Miss Victoria to leverage on the opportunity as shadow Chairman of AMAC to profound solution to issues faced by girls child

She thanked the chairman for a level playing ground for women in AMAC

The Shadow Chairman, Miss Victoria said that providing health centers for girls will be her priority while she called on parents; on the need to educate the girls child.

She emphasized that the girls are also important because male child are more taken care of than girls by most parents.

“Care, love and support should be given to Girls Child Campaigners so as to encourage them to reach out to more people, she said.

She also spoke against getting pregnant before marriage as that will hinder the education of girl child.

The event was coordinated by Abiodun Essiet, the  Special Adviser to the Honourable Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council on ICT /Civil Societies and Donor Agencies.

This year, under the theme, “My Voice, Our Equal Future”, the UN has called on Nations to seize the opportunity to be inspired by what adolescent girls see as the change they want, the solutions- big and small- they are leading and demanding across the globe.

In 2020, The UN commemorate 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the global agenda for advancing the rights and empowerment of women and girls, everywhere. Generation Equality was also launched in early 2020 as a multi-year, multi-partner campaign and movement for bold action on gender equality. A clear narrative and actions related to the needs and opportunities of adolescent girls and their solutions is central to the Generation Equality mission.

In 1995 at the World Conference on Women in Beijing countries unanimously adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing the rights of not only women but girls. The Beijing Declaration is the first to specifically call out girls’ rights.

On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders. An investment in realising the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability.

Girls are breaking boundaries and barriers posed by stereotypes and exclusion, including those directed at children with disabilities and those living in marginalized communities. As entrepreneurs, innovators and initiators of global movements, girls are creating a world that is relevant for them and future generations.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders in 2015, embody a roadmap for progress that is sustainable and leaves no one behind.

Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is integral to each of the 17 goals. Only by ensuring the rights of women and girls across all the goals will we get to justice and inclusion, economies that work for all, and sustaining our shared environment now and for future generations.

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