Ini Edo clearly stated her take on the treatment of the girl child in Africa.
Celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child, Nollywood actress Iniobong Edo Ekim, better known as Ini Edo clearly stated her take on the treatment of the girl child in Africa.
Ini Edo who was appointed by the United Nations as a United Nations Habitat Youth Envoy back in 2014, stressed the need for Nigeria and Africa as a whole to recognize that the girl child is equal to the boy child and for that reason should be valued and not devalued.
Ini Edo lamented in her note that the girl children are not celebrated and valued in Africa. She added that there’s no gender equality in the continent.
The 39-year-old actress opined that the society can move forward to becoming a better place when the girl child is being recognised, allowed to represent and speak up for her people.
In her words;
“On this 11th day, 9 years ago, the united nation realize it was necessary recognizing the girl child.”
“It has been of great honor for the girl child to have a day to be marked and celebrated, but so far, have they really been celebrated and valued in Africa? Another question to be asked.”
“Religiously, we understand that all men are equal but in Africa, women aren’t anywhere close to being equal.”
“The girl child is the mother of all children, but in Africa, the girl child has no place and value.”
“We can only move forward by carrying the girl child along. Our society can only be a better place when the girl child can stand, represent and speak up for her people.”
“Today I celebrate with all the girl child, it is our day, it is our time.”
“Never relent in your pursuit in all that you do.”
“We are getting there, and we will be there God willing.”
“Happy Girl Child Day.”
The celebration of this auspicious event is done every year on October 11. According to the United Nations, this movement focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote their empowerment. It also focuses on the need to amplify the voices of adolescent girls worldwide.