International Day of the Girl Child 2019INCRESE
International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations, it is also called the Day of Girls. The observation supports more opportunities for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based on their gender. This inequality includes areas such as access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care and protection from discrimination, violence against women and forced child marriage. The theme for this year was- Girl Force: Unscripted Unstoppable.
Based on this background, the Executive Director of INCRESE visited the Champions of Fire International Academy to mark the International Day of the Girl Child.
The session was attended by 24 girls from ages of 5 to12 years respectively. The activity started with an ice-breaker – If the world was a perfect place, what would you want?
The following were some of the responses; if the world was a perfect place, I would want
- A puppy
- A car
- To travel to America
- A million naira
- A happy family
- To travel to Dubai
- A chocolate ice-cream
- To live in France
- A lovely swimming pool
The Executive Director gave the girls background information on the Beijing declaration as well as the 1995 conference which centred on the well being of the Girl Child, one of the critical areas of concern using age appropriate CSE methodologies.
She discussed with the children on bodily rights and positive health seeking behaviour. She told the children that the body is divided into two parts, private and public parts. Private parts are parts that people should not see or touch. These parts include the following breast, stomach, back, buttocks, vulva, anus, etc. She encouraged the girls never to allow strangers and opposite sex relations to touch their private parts or carry them on their laps, this is because the action can result to sexual abuse.
Public parts, she said refer to parts that can be seen by other people and are not covered by clothes. These parts include chicks, legs, hands, etc. She however reminded them that it is possible for people to touch our public parts in ways that cause us discomfort.
The girls were encouraged to report any form of discomfort or harassment to their parents, teachers, religious leaders, and law enforcement agencies.
The rain drop clap was carried out as a form of energizer for the girls and after then a recap on the discussion was carried by the Director after which she gave the children chocolate sweets to celebrate the day.