young-african-girlIt’s not news, especially to us here in Nigeria, that the girl child is at a huge disadvantage.

From facing social discrimination, child marriage, lack of education to sexual abuse, teenage pregnancies and much more, the girl child’s unique ability to change the world is being thwarted by various opposing factors from her immediate environment, and circumstances she has been placed in or born into. And no child, girl or boy, should feel the pressure that these young women are forced to face today.

On the International Day of the Girl Child, the United Nations led initiative has been created to support the more than 1.1 billion girls worldwide, whose hopes and dreams are being threatened by violence, discrimination and inequality. A few weeks ago, Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, met with the First Lady of The United States of America, Michelle Obama, to discuss a new initiative to help young girls – the “Let Girls Learn” platform.

Launched 19 months ago by Michelle & her husband, President Barack Obama, the platform was created to seek the formulation and enhancement of educational opportunities for teenage girls, especially in underdeveloped countries. And is on its way to reaching every part of the world with young girls facing these issues, to facilitate a solution that stands the test of time.

But the issue goes beyond what Presidents, First Ladies and Initiatives can do, it boils down to you too. By simply choosing to educate the young girls around you, be it house maid or sales girl, you are playing your part in ending this unfair situation for girls all over the world.

Start today – talk to your daughters, nieces, neighbors, about the choices they have to have an education, to say no to sexual advances, to speak up when they are cheated or maltreated, to stand their ground when they are talked down, to make a name for themselves, to run for President.

Children are young and impressionable, so why not teach them values, morals and solutions that would last and help them determine what their lives should be…valuable, precious, meaningful and, perhaps most importantly, their own.

Fight for the Girl Child today!

From the City.Card Team!

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