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Happy International Girl Child day!

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