An Abuja-based nongovernmental organization (NGO), ‘Youth For Peace and Entrepreneurship Initiative’ (YOPEI), has called on area council chairmen to setup production factories for women in their communities.
Coordinator of YOPEI, Mrs. Dorcas Egharevba Chukwudi, made the call yesterday during a sensitisation/outreach programme, titled, – YRIGHT Project ‘#No Girl Left Behind’ held in Government Secondary School, Byazhin-Kubwa, in Bwari area council.
Chukwudi frowned that in most schools, girls do not have toilets, within their schools and so they have to go into the bushes to ease themselves, adding that these girls could be raped or harmed in the process. “Education is one of the critical areas of empowerment for women and girls. Offering girls basic education is one sure way of giving them much greater power to enable them make genuine choices over the kind of lives they wish to lead.”
The coordinator noted that gender inequality amongst boys and girls is still high in Nigeria, adding that there are so many factors militating against the girl-child education. He continued: “According to a UNICEF report “1 out of 10 African school girls skip school or drop out of school entirely due to a lack of menstrual products and access to proper sanitation.
“Eventually many of these girls drop out of school entirely, increasing their likelihood of teen pregnancy, health complications, and early marriage and further limiting their future career and economic opportunities. This is one of the major challenges of the government today.”
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