Nigeria and U.S government are set to collaborate in ensuring that the right of every woman and the girl child is protected.
The United States Charge d’ Affiars in Nigeria, Mr .David Young stated this during a symposium to mark this year’s International Day For the Girl Child, in Abuja.
Mr. Young said “we will work with Nigeria to ensure the rights of every Nigerian woman and girl to live free from physical and emotional abuse at school, at home and in work the work place”.
The Ambassador added that, “like Nigeria, the United States also has gender issues and I wish I could say that US have overcome them, but the reality is that establishing social justice is a constant work progress”.
Speaking at event, the Convener of the conference, Mrs. Ijeoma Sorochi Okorie decried that girls all over the world face discrimination and this does not only affect the victim but also the society.
Mrs. Okorie lamented that, “Girls all over the world face discrimination on daily basis having this in mind we should know that, the progress of the girl in the society is not only for the girls but also for families and the communities”.
She emphasised that; more can be done to ensure that programmes, policies and services effectively are set to the specific needs of the girls.
“Our girls should have basic rights to education, healthcare, food and our women must have their voices heard”.
The International Day for the Girl Child is set aside 11 October every year by the United Nations to raise awareness on issues affecting girls and improve data collection to addressing the problems girls face across the world.
The theme for this year’s Commemoration is Girls’ Progress Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls.