Yaounde, Cameroon, Africa. (Cameroon News) – The International Day of the Girl Child is being observed today with commemorative activities in Cameroon being organized by the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family.
Today is the International day of the Girl Child. Commemorative activities in Cameroon have been organized by the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family.
On this very first edition of the International Day of the Girl Child Plan International, UNICEF and other partners are laying emphasis on putting an end to child marriage, considered a fundamental human rights violation.
Thursday October 11 is observed as the International Day of the Girl Child, a day set aside by the United Nations to call on the world to enable girls attain their full potential.
The move to celebrate girls on this day was adopted by the UN in December 2011, thanks to the passion and commitment of girls around the world who lobbied the UN with support from Plan International and all the UN member states Cameroon included to prioritize girls’ rights as the salient issue in the coming decades.
A 14-year old female student in the Far North Region has dreams of flying a plane and making lots of money to improve on her family’s economic status.
This big dream of hers has been interrupted this academic year with the floods that swept off her school, her home and family’s livelihood. She now lives in a tent like all the other thousands of people rendered homeless.
Food and basic necessities are hard to get by and of course she is aware that being the first in the family she may have to forgo continuing her education so as to help her parents provide for her siblings.
As a result of this, she will likely get married before her 16th birthday and thereafter start off her family, putting a lid over her dreams of becoming a pilot and being the breadwinner of her family as has been her dream.
This is a reality that many girls still face in the country especially in the rural areas where the girl child is more likely to be taken out of school, married off or forced to stay at home to assist in raising her siblings and thereby sets her to disadvantage when compared to the boy child.
While opportunities for girls in Cameroon today may have come a long way in recent decades there still remains a lot of work to do to level the playing field for people of both genders who have to work with each other daily, compete and complement each other in various spheres of life.
The International Day of the Girl Child comes to lay emphasis on the need for more action to be taken and for society to see enabling girls to attain their full potential as a priority in developing the society while also addressing the gender stereotypes that continue to hold girls back from true equality.
The International Day of the Girl is being observed today with commemorative activities in Cameroon being organized by the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family.