INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD 2020 IN KEBBI STATE.
11th October every year is set aside globally to mark the International Day of the Girl Child, a day dedicated to empowerment, educational fulfillment of girl’s rights.
The theme this year “My Voice, Our Equal Future,” serves as a reminder to listen to girls, understand the changes they want to see and to ensure that all of them have an equal opportunity for a bright, safe and healthy future.
To mark the day in Kebbi state, the wife of the State Governor, Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu through one of her initiatives, Kebbi State Multipose Business Cooperative Union organized a 2 day Skills workshop for 100 underprivileged Girls on how to make soap and air fresheners in Birnin Kebbi.
The First Lady represented by Special Adviser to the Governor on Women Development, Hon Zarau Abubakar Wali said the training is a continuation of a state wide one and so far 300 girls have been empowered. She enumerated how the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on movement have elevated risks for girls to be violated and abused. Indeed, the number of gender-based violence cases across the world has increased greatly. Thus the need to occupy our young girls and keep them off the streets. Kebbi state executive and legislative arm have made rapid progress to pass vital protective laws to this effect.
Dr Bagudu further stated that education and owning practical skills is the best ways to empower girls and protect them against violence, exploitation and social exclusion by providing them with the opportunity to build a better life for themselves.
The Chairman of Birnin Kebbi LGA, Alhaji Aminu Ahmad applauded the efforts of Her Excellency for such a program which has direct impact on the lives of women and children in the state. He further advised the participants to make good use of skills and build a small trade.
Before the practical sessions organized by Ummyzarrahs, the girls received personal hygiene talks from Matrons Atune Danga and Hadiza Kola. Special focus was given to menstrual health management.
Some of the girls expressed their profound gratitude to their mother for the gesture and promised to step down the skill to others.
Each participant was presented with a certificate, start up kit and basic hygiene pack.
Government House, Birnin Kebbi