Monday, 7 March 2016

Girl child is susceptible to violence #RewritingTheCode

KAWTHAR BABATUNDE, DFTS VOLUNTEER
There is no place of complete refuge for a girl child; from familial structure, communal structure to societal values as well as government policies- the girl child is susceptible to violence.

  Despite legal measures that criminalise assault in any form, the spate of violence or assault against the girl child has all but abated.
The media is awash with heart wrenching stories of girls who have been abused or still going through abuse. Girls are traded as commodities across national borders to be put to use as prostitutes or slaves. Many girls are victimized before birth through prenatal sex selection and selective sex abortion. Furthermore, they face threat of sexual harassment and abuse in workplaces and learning institutions.

DFTS communications lead 'Belynda Naomi', Ayo and Grace(Beneficiaries) and Isaac success (founder)

As the world marks its international women’s day (#IWD), volunteers at Dreams from the Slum Initiative are #RewritingTheCode about the girl child. They are questioning and challenging every value or belief that prevents the girl child from reaching her full potential, they are telling the world that the girl child is more than a sexual object and she, like her male counterpart deserves the very best.

At Dreams from the Slum, we believe every girl child should be students not brides, not sex slaves, house helps or beggars. We believe educating the girl child is pivotal to a nation’s development because she grows up to become a mother and in turn train her children and consequently the society at large.

OPEYEMI ABE, DFTS VOLUNTEER
A wise man once said ‘train a boy and you train on person but train and girl and you have trained a nation’.
The importance of education in curbing abuse and violence against women cannot be overemphasised, there are even situations where girls going through abuse are not aware they are being abused. They have accepted the perverted practices against them as norm and such has become the only window through which they see the world. The girl child must be educated and individuals, corporate bodies and government must work towards achieving this goal.

Babatubde, DFTS Volunteer

Educating a girl child will not only help her recognise her rights, but will further empower her to fight for herself as well as other around her against abuse that might manifest around her. Empowering the girl child makes her self-dependent and would make her live without reliance on men or people who could hitherto take advantage of her. Empowerment saves her from poverty- poverty makes her more prone to abuse.
For these and several other reasons, we at Dreams from the Slums are rewriting the code and advocating for the education of the girl child.
Today, we pledge to #RewriteTheCode and invite you to join as so that education can be more accessible for the girl child.

Article by: Kawthar Babatunde

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