PRESS RELEASE BY NIGERIA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION TO MARK INTERNATIONAL GIRL CHILD DAY 2021!

NMA Girl Child Promotion Committee Members from Right: Dr. Vivian Ogbonna, Dr. Omosivie Maduka, Dr. Vetty Agala, Prof. Rosemary Ogu and Dr. Henry Sota Jnr.

PRESS RELEASE by NMA Girl Child Promotion Committee in Collaboration with Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria, Rivers State Branch.
11TH OCTOBER 2021 – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD 2021

International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and celebrate and reinforce humanity’s achievements. The United Nations General Assembly in 2011 adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child.

The International Day of the Girl Child focuses on the need to address the challenges girls face and promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. Girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life during their critical formative years and 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. An investment in realising the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future for all.

The Theme for this year’s celebration is Digital Generation: Our Generation. We are in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has accelerated digital platforms for learning, earning and connecting, while also highlighting girls’ diverse digital realities. The gender digital divide in connectivity, devices and use, skills and jobs is real. …It is an inequity and exclusion gap across geographies and generations that is our challenge to address if the digital revolution is to be for all, with all, by all.
Digital generation. Our generation. Girls know their digital realities and the solutions they need to excel on their diverse pathways as technologists for freedom of expression, joy, and boundless potential. Let’s support so that every girl, regardless of race, gender, language, ability, economic status, and geographic origin – lives their full potential.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders in 2015 represent a sustainable roadmap for progress 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 economies that work for all, and sustaining our shared environment now and for future generations, it also has a multiplier effect across all other development areas. An investment in promoting the rights of our girls today, promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of discrimination, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability. The International Day of the Girl Child holds the key to achieving this as empowering women and girls, who represent half of the world’s population, is crucial to accelerating sustainable development.

Empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality is crucial to accelerating sustainable development. Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, but it also has a multiplier effect across all other development areas. Let us assist young girls in growing into empowered women.

Ways to get involved
At the NMA Girl Child Promotion Committee, We have called this press conference to sensitize and educate the general public; several social media campaigns are going on while career talks on ICT and distribution of sanitary pads across 3 Local Government areas are on. Let’s raise girls who have access to education, nutrition, proper healthcare, skill-based learning facilities, and equal opportunities, free from gender-based violence, discrimination, and forced marriage. Let’s share stories of inspiring adolescent girls who are tech trailblazers.

Support the Girl Child. Educate the Girl Child. Protect the Girl Child.
Long Live the Nigeria Medical Association!!!

Prof Rosemary Ogu Dr Vetty Agala
Chairman Secretary
NMA Girl Child Promotion Committee NMA Girl Child Promotion Committee

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