Happy International Girl Child day!

This day brings awareness to the restrictions the girl child has faced for many years. Their search for social justice and equality is a feat that is very possible. Automatically being born a woman already sets the disadvantage which worsens when nationality, race and ethnicity are factored in.

60% of the 10 million Nigerians out of school are female. 63,000 children per year are victims of sexual abuse of which 82% of the victims under 18 are female.

“One in four girls will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old. 12.3% of women were age 10 or younger at the time of their first rape/victimization, and 30% of women were between the ages of 11 and 17 years old. More than one-third of women who report being raped before age 18 also experience rape as an adult. 96% of people who sexually abuse children are male.”

The girl child is more vulnerable than we will ever imagine. Let’s endeavour to show love to our girls: abolish arranged marriages, encourage accessible quality education for the girl child and put an end to all the discrimination.

Let’s change how we view the female gender.

📷 — Annie Spratt