It is the International Day of the Girl Child and there are 1.1 billion of them on earth.

The United Nations’ agency UNESCO believes that empowering them will have a lot to do in giving the world what most humans look for – a world free of conflict and violence. 

Girls are lovable people and a delight to people who have them around, but unfortunately, in war turn nations and communities experiencing conflict and turbulent times, they are the most hit.

Women and girls account for more than 75% of the refugees and displaced persons at risk from war, famine, persecution and natural disaster.

They are also vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation, during conflicts and in refugee camps.

The use of young girls for suicide bombings is more in northeast Nigeria and the UNESCO is asking for the empowerment of the Girl Child, with this year’s theme focusing on “EmPOWER girls: emergency response and resilience planning”.

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Empowering girls and women, as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, is essential to the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Here are a few things to do to ensure that the girl child makes her contribution to development and conflict resolution in coming years.

1.   Give her education including talks on sex

2.   Encourage her to learn a skill she has passion for

3.   Inculcate in her good virtues that will make her more focused and able to achieve a lot in life.

UNESCO believes that the girl child of today has a big role to play in peacebuilding and reconstruction in the near future, but how that materialises depends on inputs made now in their lives.

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Educating adolescent girls is a catalyst to break cycles of poverty and foster greater social justice, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, said in her message for the International Day of the Girl Child.

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