Media practitioner and social worker, Blessing Oladunjoye has urged girls to speak up and report every form of violence against them.
Oladunjoye gave the advice while speaking with female students of the Abe Technical Secondary School in Ibadan on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child organised by the Ambassadors Youth Forum.
Oladunjoye who spoke on Family Law Reforms and The Empowerment of the Girl Child said there are family laws and practices that violate the girl child and such laws should be reformed in earnest.
She also said that child marriage, which is one of the major challenges females are faced with could be tackled with if the children are made to speak against it stressing that there’s no benefit in early marriage.
She thereby urged the students not to indulge any form of sexual violence against them but immediately report to appropriate persons and authorities.
Also speaking at the program, Florence Okhemukhokho, advocacy personnel for youth empowerment and good governance, who spoke on Beating the Odds: Breaking free from the status quo and succeeding as a female explained that for girls to beat the odds, they must define their purpose, raise their standards and change limiting beliefs.
She added that girls should invest in themselves to beat the limitation that the society has placed on them.
On his part, the Country Representative of the African Youth for Development Commission, Salam Lateef urged the girls to be focused and avoid those he termed ‘future killers’.
He added that ‘I want you all to go with the PHD acronym which I believe is going to help you in life, be Prayerful, Hardworking and Determined.”
The President of the Ambassadors Youth Forum, Femi Odeniyi who organized the program appreciated the participants and urged them to be proud of being females at all times.