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Protect the girl child: The future is now!

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The International Day of the Girl Child draws attention to the importance of addressing the issues that girls experience, as well as promoting girls’ empowerment and human rights fulfilment.

Not only during their formative years but also as they age into women. Yes! adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life. Girls have the ability to transform the world if they are adequately supported during their adolescent years, both as empowered girls today and as tomorrow’s employees, moms, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders.

Investing in teenage girls’ power today protects their rights and ensures a more fair and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal player in addressing climate change, political conflict, economic growth, illness prevention, and global sustainability issues.

Girls are defying stereotypes and barriers erected by exclusion and stereotypes. They are building a world that is relevant for them and future generations as entrepreneurs, innovators, and initiators of global movements. Some women who were formerly girls but now women have gained empowerment in education and other aspects of life to become pillars in their industries include:

Alakija, Folorunsho
Folorunsho is the vice-chairman of Famfa Oil and a managing director of Rose of Sharon Group, a Nigerian oil exploration business with a stake in the Agbami Oilfield. Chevron and Petrobras are among Famfa Oil’s partners. Folorunsho is a wife and mother of four children. As of 2020, she had a net worth of $1 billion.

Ibukun Awosika
Ibukun was the former chairman of First Bank Nigeria and currently a businesswoman. She is a mother of three and a wife. Upon completion of her studies, she earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry, as well as postgraduate and MBA degrees. She graduated from the Lagos Business School and the IESE Business School – the University of Navarra with a B.Sc in Chemistry, as well as postgraduate and MBA qualifications. As of 2021, she has had an estimated net worth between $1 million and $5 million. Awosika has been named as one of three members of the worldwide Independent Impact Taskforce (ITF) by United Kingdom’s chairmanship of the G7 countries in 2021.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Okonjo-Iweala is the WTO’s eighth Director-General and the first woman, the first African to serve as Director-General. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is a global finance expert, economist, and international development professional with over 30 years of experience working in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America,

She is a worldwide finance expert, economist, and international development professional who has previously served on the Standard Chartered PLC and Twitter Inc. boards of directors. She was also recently selected as the African Union’s (AU) Special Envoy for international financial support in the battle against COVID-19, as well as the WHO’s Special Envoy for Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator.

These women are among a select group of women who are making an impact not only in Nigeria but around the world. Yes, they are Nigerian women, African women making a difference in the world; they are good examples that the female child can be an instrument of change in the world.

However, the future of the girl child is in the hands of her parents and guardians; and the future is being fashioned right now! Take care of them, help them grow, and protect their innocence in the correct way!

Ascertain that they are psychologically well so they will not suffer in the future as a result of the present mistreatment. You should not be in a position where you don’t have time for your children.

Educate them so that they can recognize what is correct and what is not, and communicate with them. Allow them to interact with other children, but make them aware that their independence is limited. Keep an eye on them, listen to what they have to say, protect them, and be the perfect guardian in their lives.

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