The girl-child is a biological female offspring from birth to eighteen (18) years of age.
This is the age before one becomes a young adult. This period covers the crèche, nursery or early childhood (0-5 years), primary (6-12 years) and secondary school (12-18 years) as the case may be. During this period, the young child is totally under the care of the adult who may be her parents or guardians and older siblings.
This is a stage when She’s dependent on whosover takes responsibility of her and sometimes she can be vulnerable to their choices and nature of upbringing.
The girl child is a blessed and powerful being endowed with unique personality, strength and traits which makes her not only a woman but a voice to reckon with globally and in every sphere of influence.
She’s gifted without boundaries but in order To maximize the potentials in her, she must be deliberately educated, empowered, nurtured and encouraged to be a better so she can be accepted and respected societally.
Every nation must not trivialize the importance of empowering a girl child because when she’s empowered everybody will benefit and its the ultimate passport to a greater future.
No nation will survive the long term consequences of not empowering the girl child, it is her right and as such she must not be deprived of it.
Today, the girl child around the world still face many unique challenges that prevent them from reaching their true potentials.
Empowering the girl child is the fundamental right of women. They can have equal rights to participate in education, society, economics and politics.
When did is done, it is certain that this will help the society and and contribute immensely to national building in many ways some of which includes.
1 Solving unemployment problem
Unemployment is one of the common problems that can be seen in the developing society. Unemployment of women and unequal opportunities in the place of work can be eradicated with the help of women empowerment.
When women are empowered through education and various skill acquisitions they can in return occupy various positions where they can help solve the problem of unemployment by providing jobs for others.
2 Empowered girls mean healthier families.
When girls are educated, healthy, and empowered, families are healthier. According to UNESCO, 2.1 million chilren under age 5 were saved because of improvements in girls’ education. And closing the gap in the unmet need for family planning for girls and women who want to delay or avoid pregnancy but aren’t using modern contraception would reduce maternal deaths by 67% and newborn deaths by 77%.
3 Enhance the overall development of society
Women empowerment is one of the key terms for the overall development of the society. They are needed in frontering the development of society. In the corporate world, women are playing several roles in fields like engineering, politics, medical, and so on. They are not only taking part in the technology fields, but they are also actively participating in security services like military, police, navy and so on. All these services are taking new shape with the active involvement of women which will play a vital role in a nations building.
4 Reduce child marriage.
Child marriage – in some cases involving girls as young as 6 or 8 – almost always results in the end of a girl’s schooling. The result is illiterate or barely literate young mothers without adequate tools to build healthy, educated families. On average, for every year a girl stays in school past fifth grade, her marriage is delayed a year.
Educated girls typically marry later, when they are better able to bear and care for their families.
5 Increase involvement in political issues.
Educated women are more likely to participate in political discussions, meetings, and decision-making, which in turn promotes a more representative, effective government. As more women are educated and approach parity with men, research shows “governments and other institutions function better and with less corruption,” according to “What Works In Girls’ Education.” Women with leadership skills are also a major factor in sparking economic and social change.
We cannot under estimate the power of empowering the girl child with education, skill acquisition and actively involving them in every sphere of the societal demand.
There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”Michelle Obama.
There’s greatness in every girl child if it can be maximized and explore.