“CEE-HOPE is celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child, to remind the world that the Nigerian girl and girls anywhere in the world matter. Those were words by CEE-HOPE’s founder and Executive Director, Betty Abah, during a conference held in Lagos, to mark the 2021 International Day of the Girl.
Tagged, ‘Digital Generation – Our Generation’, this year’s celebration of the Girl Child, was themed on bridging the gender digital divide across the globe.
It’s therefore imperative that especially amidst the pandemic, people ensure that girls get equal access to available digital devices, tech-related skills as well as job opportunities like their male counterparts.
With over two hundred girls drawn from secondary schools in Lagos, in attendance, CEE-HOPE, a Non-Governmental Organization, also seized the opportunity of the conference, to launch the CEE-HOPE’s female football team known as ‘Carol’s Queens’.
While speaking at the conference, Abah explained that “We put so much efforts to ensure we mark this day because CEE-HOPE works with children in marginalised communities, extremely at risk and vulnerable, and the girl child tops that list.
On the theme for this year’s celebration, she said “the world is becoming extremely digitalised especially because of covid-19, so the girl child cannot be left behind, in fact no child deserves to be left behind”, she noted, calling on every member of the society to see themselves as stakeholders in issues that concern the girl child.
Explaining reason for the all female football team, Abah said “We see a lot of energies among young girls in most of the communities that we work and we believe it is important to harness the energy and channel it into something positive.”