In a bid to encourage young girls to aspire to positions that will enable them contribute their quota to the growth and development of the country in all sectors of the economy, Nigeria’s fully integrated telecommunications company, Globacom and Signal Alliance Limited are collaborating to empower young girl child on eBusiness.
The initiative is to recognize the empowerment of, and investment in girls as part of the global celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, which comes up today in Lagos.
The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Adanma Onuegbu who disclosed this to journalists said empowerment of the girl child accelerates nation building.
She urged young girls to take up the challenge and not look at gender disparity as a hindrance to achieving their goals.
“International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day affirmed by the United Nations. The Day was declared to raise awareness of issues facing girls internationally. These issues border on education, nutrition, child marriage, legal and medical rights.”
She said International Day of the Girl helps to raise awareness, not only on the issues that girls face, but what is likely to happen when those problems are solved.
‘’For example, educating girls helps reduce the rate of child marriage, diseases, and helps strengthen the economy by helping girls have access to higher paying jobs. So the awareness is not only on the problems, but the eventual benefits when the challenges are resolved. This year’s theme is “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030,” she said.
The Chief Executive Officer of eBusiness Life Communication and convener of the event, Mrs. Ufuoma Emuophedaro, said that, “Between inequities in secondary education to protection issues, adolescent girls are uniquely impacted and should benefit from targeted investments and programmes that address their distinct needs. Investing in adolescent girls can have a formidable ripple effect to create a better world by 2030.”
She further called on corporate bodies and individuals to join the march towards highlighting the potential and unique challenges of adolescent girls.