I felicitate with the over 1 billion girls below the ages of 18 years in the world as we mark the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child. The life of the girl child across the globe, especially in developing and under developed countries is one that is very challenging, regulated by societal stereotypes, norms and cultures that often places her at a disadvantaged position.
Despite this societal placed barriers before the Girl Child, she strives to overcome them and makes the world a better place. As we celebrate the Girl Child today; we celebrate faith,hope resilience, hard work, dedication, commitment, love and all the positives of the Girl Child.
I enjoin us to continue to join hands in the onerous task of pulling down barrriers and stereotypes and create a society that gives equal opportunities to everyone and protect the rights of the Girl Child.
I use this opportunity to also commend groups and members of our noble profession, especially, the International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, for protecting and promoting the rights of the girl child in our society and ensuring they are free from discrimination.
JOYCE ODUAH, FICMC.
Former National Treasurer, 2012-2014
Social Sec. Lagos Branch, 2009-2011.
Publicity Sec. Lagos Branch, 2007-2009.
1st Asst. Sec. Lagos Branch, 2000-2002.