“Digital Generation … Our Generation” – AWLA celebrates International Day of the Girl Child

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The President of the African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA), Mandy Asagba has urged all to Join hands to empower the girl child and empower the world.

 

 

The group made this known in a statement to mark the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD

Read the full message below.

This day is marked annually on the 11th of October.

It  is a special day set apart by the United Nations to focus on the Girl Child with the core objective of making girls an active part of the progress in the world.


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It aims at drawing global attention to the barriers and challenges of the Girl Child in order  to proffer solutions and spur actions to alleviate the sufferings and possibly put an end to all the challenges confronting the Girl Child globally.

The day is dedicated to the growth and development of girls around the world and  focuses on the education, rights, safety and protection of girls.

It was the outcome of the Beijing Conference in 1995,  with women represented from virtually all the countries in the world with a resolution to separate girls from the umbrella of women and  acknowledge their specific and peculiar needs.

The 2021 theme  is “Digital Generation … Our Generation.” In acknowledging the growing digital world and how a digital gap can also widen the gender gap.

This is apt considering the seemingly hopeless situation in bridging the gender gap. The Covid -19 Pandemic further magnified the gap to an intolerable height such that if nothing drastic is done to cushion the effect and arrest the situation it will be a tsunami of some sort with ripple effect  and generational consequences. With the many deaths due to Covid -19 Pandemic we have many more girls without one or both parents, thus leaving them at the mercy of the world who in most cases abuse them (exploits them) for their personal benefits and aggrandizement. Many  used as sex slaves, domestic helps, hawkers, child brides etc This theme is surely expository, illuminating, equipping and empowering. There is no better time than this to empower the girl child  to be self-reliant as against being left at the mercy of the world..

Digital empowerment is very key to the survival of the girl child in the world of today. The digital world is also a very good way to bridge the gender gap if utilized positively otherwise it will even widen the gap as more boys take interest in technology.

If  tapped into it will remove the focus from most of the barriers of the girl child but rather focuses on their skill as an individual in this field.

No wonder the United Nations stated:

“We chose that theme because the gender gap is in so many areas.

The focus is on bridging the digital divide. The UN noted that even in the post-COVID-19 world that saw businesses, education and even parts of healthcare services moving online, “2.2 billion people below the age of 25 still do not have Internet access at home.”

It further noted that girls are more likely to be cut off, pointing to a gender divide within the digital divide. It  also stated that girls are less likely than boys to “use and own devices.” This, in turn, affects their numbers in “tech-related skills and jobs”. With the extant juicy pay on tech related jobs if we do not take urgent, deliberate and intentional action in girl child tech empowerment, this will surely without mincing words widen the gender gap and financial gap thus a nosedive of the already worrisome gap.

We must take deliberate and urgent action.

We at AWLA have trained over 20 girls in tech and are committed to do more in the next 5 years. We call on  all and sundry to commit to this project. Remember when you empower a girl child you empower a nation.

Join us to empower the girl child and empower our world.

 

Mandy Asagba

President

African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA)

11/10/2021



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