International Day of Girl Child 2020: IC-GWODEF Celebrates with Female Prisoners, Advises Parents to Care for the Girl Child.
“World leaders promised to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against girls, to provide them opportunities on an equal basis with boys, to promote and protect their rights, to eliminate the economic exploitation and to empower them to participate in social, economic, political and cultural life. They were promised an enabling environment, where their spiritual, intellectual and material needs for survival, protection and development are met.”
In line with this year International Girl Child Day Celebration 2020, which is celebrated every 11th of October, the International Charitable Initiative For Girl Child and Woman Development Foundation. (IC- GWODEF) has decided to commemorate this year event with a visit to the female prison inmates Kirikiri Lagos so as to give them hope and a voice.
This year theme: “My Voice, Our Equal Future” saw the NGO who are mostly female lawyers coming to the female correction center with gifts and food items.
President of the organization, Barr. (Mrs) Helen lbeji in her statement said, “the essence of their visit is in line with this year’s theme, “My Voice, Our Equal Future”, so as to give the girl child and woman a voice as most of them are helpless, and the organization would stand in the gap for them.
Barr. (Mrs) Ibeji went ahead to reiterate that their love and compassion for the girl child and woman has made them to come to the correction centre so as to celebrate them and also offer free legal expertise to those who are in need of it.
In her words, “Our voices is our great future, I urge the girl child to always speak out whenever they are in great danger, they should not be afraid of speaking out or report any person who is trying to lure them into sin.”
Ibeji went further to urge parents to always monitor the activities of their girl child, teach them the way of the Lord, do the needful so that they can be a better woman in the future.
In the same vein, Barr. (Mrs) Ify Uzokwe a member of the team, stressed the importance of the girl child in every society, stating that every girl child deserves a good and qualitative education, good upbringing and care.
Welcoming the body, the Deputy Controller in charge of female correction center, DCP Ekpendu Lizze (Mrs) thanked the organization for finding out time to celebrate with the inmates she calls her children.
The DCP described their visit is a big encouragement to the inmates. She said since her assumption of office, she has ensured that the inmates who she sees as her children never lack anything as God has always given them wisdom to lead, she posited that the prison headquarter which is also known as correctional centre through the controller general of prisons Alhaji Ja’ afaru Ahmed has improved the prison drastically and that since the inception of Covid 19, the center has not recorded any victim, as they have always ensured that the environment is sanitized and clean.
While appealing to parents to always love the girl child, as mothers need to have time for their children, counsel and educate them on sex education, she opined that the girl child are the most special breed and for this, needs absolute attention and above all should be rooted in the word of God.
The highlight of the visit was presentation of gifts and offering of legal expertise to those who are in need of it.
The International Charitable Initiative For Girl Child and Woman Development Foundation. (IC- GWODEF) is an advocacy group that focus on advocating for policies and programmes that favour vulnerable women, adolescent girls and children in areas of education, health, child’s rights, protection, development and survival, while also drawing the attention of government and other stakeholders to their plight, with the view to finding lasting solutions to their problem.