As the world marks the 2019 International Day of the Girl-Child, the Network on Police Reforms in Nigeria (NOPRIN) Foundation has called on the federal, state and local governments, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and media outfits to domesticate the Universal Basic Education Act, Child Right Act and Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act in order to promote and protect the rights of girls in Nigeria.
In a statement signed by the National Coordinator, NOPRIN Foundation, Mr. Ikule Emmanuel in Lagos on Friday, NOPRIN Foundation noted that the International Day of the girl-child being celebrated annually on October 11 was an auspicious occasion to commemorate the roles of the girl-child and also highlight the challenges facing the girl-child.
NOPRIN further observed that this year’s International Day of the girl-child celebration titled “Empowering Girls For A Brighter Tomorrow” reminded Nigerians of their invaluable role in promoting the rights of the girl child and highlighting gender inequalities that remained between girls and boys in the society.
“In Nigeria, the pitiable state of the girl-child challenges her opportunities to realize a better future; the recurring cases of sexual and reproductive health and rights violations especially in conflict zones, hampers the realization of a better tomorrow for the girl-child, the inequality in employment in the policing sector in Nigeria and lack of access to fair hearing especially of victims of rape, trafficking amongst others.
“It is worrisome that despite the growing spate of out of school girls and other prevalent violations and abuses against girls, little efforts are being made by the government to provide remedies.
“NOPRIN therefore calls on the federal government, state, local government, CSOs, and media outfits to domesticate; Universal Basic Education Act, Child Right Act and Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act in order to promote and protect the rights of girls in Nigeria:, the statement said.
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