...As experts canvas stakeholders' commitment to protection of women, children

As the fight against all forms of violence on women and children takes another dimension, experts are convinced that concerted efforts and commitment of stakeholders will help the government to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Experts, however, converged on the campus of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child as put together by the Centre for Human Rights and Gender Education (CHURGE) which was held in collaboration with the Youth Care Development Empowerment Initiative (YCDEI), where they came with a blue print on how to find a lasting solution to avalanche of challenges facing the Girl Child in the country.

This year's celebration, which had as it theme "With Her: A Skilled Girl Force", had as Guest Speaker, the Area Commander, Railway Police Area Command, Ibadan, ACP (Dr.) Sybil Olufunmilayo Akinfenwa who charged the female child to always be bold to withstand any challenge that comes her way.

She also added that there is need for

government of the day to exhibit a strong political will towards its commitment to protection of children because they are the thresholds of development in the country in future.

Dr. Akinfenwa further advised female child not to enslave herself through prostitution as this practice may denigrate her integrity "gone are the days when women had the mentality that women should be confined as total housewife. Life has gone beyond this myopic thought ", she added.

The Guest Speaker further challenged participants to join hands together to liberate the child girl from the shackles of gender discrimination and sentiment while she noted that girl child should avoid peer group influence in order not to be in disarray.

In his address, the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Edwards Alademerin opined that involving girls in the scheme of things is a better way of making them to be more conscious of their existence and importance as girl child. He noted that TASUED is already in the forefront of making the girl child a skilled force.

This year's theme, according to him, is aimed at advocating for and drawing attention to the education of the girl child so as to make them to be tangible in the society, "this will, thereby, make them not just as job seekers but also job providers", he added.

Prof. Stella Odebode, who is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Human Rights and Gender Education of the University observed that this is a critical time for girl child all over the world and time for sober reflection for their protection; assertion of their rights; listening patiently to them, no matter how difficult it may be and as well bring out the desired change girls and women, generally, are entitled to.

"Today, we are celebrating the strength and potential of more than 1.1 million girls all over the world who are challenging the status quo; raising their voices against violence and innovation of technology to solve global challenges; standing up for the environment and preparing them for leadership positions in all spheres of life", she added.

"It is time to act together with men and boys on the issues that will determine a level of equity for all, which is central to putting an end to violence against women and girls", Prof. Odebode added.

In attendance at the programme were students from TASUED Secondary School (TASUESS) Ijebu Ode; Epic Model College; Ijebu Ode; TASCE Staff School, Igbeba; Ogbo Community High School, Ogbo; Sacred Heart Catholic College, Ijebu Ode; Muslim Girls' College, Ijebu Ode and Students of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ogun State.