The Tema West Municipal Assembly has joined the global community to mark the 2022 International Day of the Girl Child, with a call to promote gender equality and equity.
International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of Girls and the International Day of the Girl. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl Child.
In December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 66/170 declaring 11 October 2012 as the inaugural day recognizing the importance of empowering and investing in girls.
The purpose of the day, which marks its 10th anniversary this year, was to stand up for and with girls who are more vulnerable to discrimination and violence than boys the moment they first draw breath. Though her potential is equal to a boy’s, that possibility is not always valued or nurtured. Consider that 140 million girls are “missing” because of gender-based sex selection. Or that 1 in 4 girls aged 15 – 19 are not in school, employment or training compared to 1 in 10 boys.
Resolution 66/140 further delves into a girl’s inability to enjoy the rights, opportunities and benefits of childhood and adolescence. It notes “that child and forced marriages expose young married girls to greater risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, often lead to early childbearing and increase the risk of disability, stillbirth and maternal death, and reduce their opportunities to complete their education, gain comprehensive knowledge, participate in the community or develop employable skills, and violate and impair the full enjoyment of the human rights of women and girls.”
Ms Anna Naa Adukwei Addo, Tema West Municipal Chief Executive, called for the mobilisation of resources to promote the girl-child’s empowerment for the fulfilment of their human rights.
“We all have a responsibility to act positively now to protect the right of the girl child towards a future devoid of inequality and imbalance in the society,” Ms Addo stated at a ceremony organized by the assembly to observe the day at Sakumono, a suburb of Tema.
She explained that the relevance of such an internationally dedicated event was put a spotlight on issues confronting the girl-child in a holistic manner for action.
She said: “As leaders – political, religious, and traditional, we must ensure that women and men, girls and boys enjoy equal rights, resources, opportunities and protections.”
The Tema West Municipal Chief Executive said the assembly was committed to promoting, improving, and enhancing girl child education.
She, therefore, entreated all stakeholders to do more in building a formidable society that does not marginalize the role of women and the girl child in development.
“The Tema West Municipal Assembly would support a just course related to the girl child and would not relent on committing resources to the drive that defines equality,” she added.
Mr Isaac Mensah, Tema West Municipal Educational Director also said it is time to celebrate and reflect on the social, political, and cultural achievements of women.
He called for increased action to achieve gender equality in all areas of society from the homes to the global stage adding that “women are making great strides to advanced gender equality.”
Source :GNA & UNFPA