Stakeholders Advocate Protection of the Girl-Child
Stakeholders in the protection and care of the girl child have advocated for a collective responsibility to tackle the increasing cases of abuse of girl child to the barest minimum.
They made this known at a sensitization programme in ibadan to mark this year’s international day of the girl child.
A senior lecturer at Tai Solarin University of education, Ogun State, and Executive Director, Youth Care Development and Empowerment Initiative, Dr. Adefunke Ijine who described the rise in cases of the girl child abuse as worrisome called for synergy among key players.
While speaking on rape and girl trafficking, Dr. Ijine blamed the trend on poverty, unemployment and lack of adequate information which she said government at all levels must endeavour to address.
Also speaking, representative of the Oyo state Medical Women Association of Nigeria, a consultant physician, Dr. Olubukola Salam, said it was unfortunate that perpetrators of rape were close relations, hence the need to be sensitive to girls.
Dr. Salam said rape victims are exposed to psychological and physical torture that sometimes lead to depression or suicide.
Convener of the programme, Mrs. Ibukunoluwa Otesile who highlighted ignorance and parental interference as some of the major challenges facing the process of ending violence against the girl child, said the day was celebrated to raise awareness against abuse of female child.
The event had in attendance, Oyo state commissioner for women affairs, Alhaja Joke Sanni and representative of the Oyo state Director, National Orientation Agency, Mrs. Dolapo Dosunmu.