Some women in Plateau they called on governments at all levels to support the girl child in the country towards realizing her full potential in life.
The women made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Jos.
The women spoke in commemoration of 2022 and the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl Child.
Dr Gloria Pulduthe Founder of the Leah Foundation, denounced the continuous kidnapping of girls in society by criminal elements.
Puldu said that rather than joining the rest of the world to celebrate, Nigerian women are in pain because the girl has been threatened.
She called to the Federal Government and security agencies to intensify efforts towards the release of all the girls still in captivity.
“Like Leah Sharibu and the Chibok girls, many other girls who were kidnapped by members of Boko Haramthe bandits of the kidnappers are still in captivity.
“Today, rather than joining the rest of the world in celebrating, Nigerian mothers are in great pain and crying because our girls are not safe.
“If the government was able to secure the release of those abducted in the Abuja-Kaduna train and others, we urge you to do everything possible to ensure that all the girls who are in captivity are released.
“These girls have dreams; they have plans for their future, but they cannot achieve their full potential in life if they are held captive,” he said.
Puldu also asked those seeking elective positions in 2023 to make the girl’s issues at the top of their manifestos.
On his part, Rhoda Jahota, the head of the women’s wing Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Plateau, he described the increase in forced and early marriage among girls and called on the government to stop such practices.
She complained that the growing insecurity in the country prevented the girl from going to school for fear of being kidnapped, hence the reason why the girl is behind in education.
Jahota asked the government at all levels to ensure that the girl child is well educated, insisting that when a woman is educated, society would be liberated.
Mrs Alice Laka-Fashalarithe Convenor, Women 360 Degree, asked the government to stop the trafficking of children and other challenges that prevent young women from achieving their full potential in life.
“Our society has not done much in terms of catering for the needs of the girl child; our girls have been trafficked and kidnapped and no one is saying anything.
“As a nation, there is more that can be done to support the girl child to achieve her full potential in life,” he said.
Laka-Fashalari, who praised many mothers for working to support their girls in society, called on parents to provide equal opportunities for their children without gender discrimination.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2022 International Day of the Girl Child had the theme “Our Time is Now-Our Rights, Our Future”.