Girls raise issues affecting them in Yobe
Save the Children International (SCI) organized a children’s press conference in Yobe, providing a platform for young girls to express their concerns.
Hajiya Murjanatu Kabir, the Advocacy Campaign and Policy Manager at Be-Protected, explained that the program aimed to create a safe environment where girls could discuss issues affecting them and propose solutions.
She called on stakeholders to pay attention to the concerns raised by the girls at the conference and expressed confidence in the state government’s commitment to promoting girls’ rights.
The press conference, known as Girls-Led Movement Building (GLMB), was held in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child 2023, celebrated globally on October 11. The theme for this year’s event was ‘Invest in Girls’ Rights: Our Leadership, Our Well-being’.
Kabir also highlighted that SCI is an organization dedicated to advancing children’s rights worldwide, with a presence in 120 countries, including 17 states in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
During the conference, Khadija Badamasi, a member of GLMB, shared her concerns about issues such as the right to education, sexual abuse, gender-based violence, early marriage, and children’s inclusion in decision-making processes.
Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, the Honourable Commissioner for Information, emphasized the commitment of Governor Mai Mala Buni’s administration to improving the education sector in the state. Bego, represented by Alhaji Ali Musa Yawale, Head of the Information Unit at the ministry, mentioned initiatives such as the establishment of eight senior girls’ day secondary schools to promote girls’ education and ongoing efforts to enact laws that address the challenges raised during the conference.