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Education and Empowerment

HACEY / Education and Empowerment

The International Day of the Girl is celebrated annually on October 11, and the theme for this year is Digital generation; Our generation.

Today, we celebrate all girls all over the world. The United Nations declared the International Day of Girl Child to amplify the voices of young girls worldwide and increase awareness of issues faced by them. According to the United Nations, achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is an integral part.

The World Health Organization reports that one-quarter of the world’s population comprises young people between 10 – 24 years. In Nigeria, adolescents and young people make up 31% of the entire population. NURHI reports indicated that about one-quarter of Nigerian adolescents are sexually active, with sexual debut ranging from 10-15 years. 

Let’s look at Grace’s story (real name withheld). At 17, Grace got admission to the great University of Lagos to study Medicine & Surgery. Grace was excited to move with her Uncle in Lagos, away from her parents, because she heard Lagos was fun. Uncle Gbade, a single working-class man who lived in a rented apartment, was happy to receive Grace. However, two weeks upon arrival, the COVID-19 lockdown was announced, and Grace and Uncle Gbade were locked in the apartment. 

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