Globally, the 11th of October is set aside as the International Day of the Girl Child to celebrate, empower and amplify the rights of female children.
EVA commemorated the DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD by visiting four (4) schools in Abuja and FCT to hammer on the theme for this year, ‘Digital generation our generation.’
The conversation emphasized girls’ access to technology – bridging the digital divide and their digital rights and safety. They were also enlightened about the essence of digital literacy and how to take advantage of it as young girls. Sexual and reproductive health talks were chipped in during the discussion.
The schools visited were;
1. Government Junior Secondary School Guto, Bwari, under the spotlight initiative funded by UNESCO Abuja. The session entailed sexual and reproductive health, teenage pregnancy, Gender-based Violence (GBV), and reporting.
Quoting one of the students, she said: “We now understand that teenage pregnancy has a lot of negative effects on girls, and we will report anyone that tries to harass us sexually.”
2. The second school visited was Wukara Primary School, Abuja the municipal area council, FCT, with 100 pupils, eight (8) CRT members, and seven (7) teachers in attendance.
The pupils were sensitized on school-related gender-based violence, bodily autonomy, and teenage pregnancy, The event was the first of its kind in the school and the Head of School appreciated the initiative.
3. Teaming up with Strong Enough Girls, EVA visited and sensitized female students of Government Secondary School Gwarinpa on bodily autonomy, sexual and reproductive health, menstrual hygiene, and school-related gender-based violence/reporting.
4. At Government Secondary School Mabushi, 102 school girls were reached during the sensitization. The discussion was on the impacts, virtues, and vices associated with digital technology, school-related gender-based violence, and reporting mechanisms.
A total of 352 girls were reached. At the end of each session, all the girls were introduced to our digital application, My Q services, to enable them to access SHSR information and services for free.
All the sessions were interactive and enabled a safe space for the girls to express themselves.
Our work towards advocating for girls rights is going on beyond the international day of the girl child as we are still reaching out to schools and meeting rural heads and leaders in the communities to sensitize them on the need to educate the girl child.