The Slum Advocacy for Children celebrates international Day of the Girl Child
Sierra Leone, Freetown: The founder of the Slum Advocacy for Children Hawa Dauda has said today is a special day to commemorate the girl child all over the world.
She said the Slum Advocacy for Children’s message for this year is as follows, “There are no specific professions that were designed for only one gender”. In the African setting, discrimination of the female child starts from the home.
She said especially when it comes to domestic chores viz; cooking, dish washing, laundry and cleaning.
Hawa said that they should believe that whatever affects our nursery/infant stage will continue in life and that’s why majority of our girls in this part of the globe are going through low self-esteem and identity problems. They should teach our girls how to get away from this unfortunate situation.
They should teach our girls to understand their bodies and to be confident and proud of themselves despite their shapes, colours or looks.
She said they should tell them the value of womanhood and how to carry themselves in a positive way.
They must also encourage them to feel free to express exactly what they are going through.
The girl child should be part of decision making when it comes to family issues and her decision should be seen as valid.
They must stop telling them that the place of the woman is in the home and that the only respect they will have in society is when they are married.
They must stop telling them that a certain job is for males only and not for females. Let’s change the narrative, give them joy instead of pain and sorrow.” BT/12/10/2021
By bernard[email protected]