Category Archives: International Day of the Girl Child

UN Secretary-General António Guterres seeks support for girl-child to reach their potentials

There is the need to uphold the equal rights, voices and influence of girls as they can be powerful agents of change, therefore nothing should keep them from participating fully in all areas of life.

Director, United Nations Information Centre, Mr Ronald Kayanja made this submission in Lagos at the Raising Girl Summit, an Initiative of the The Green Girl Company, Ltd, while delivering the 2019 message of the United Nations, Secretary General António Guterres

He stated that the day is set aside ‘to celebrate achievements by, with and for girls since the adoption of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action – a comprehensive policy agenda for the empowerment of women and girls

According to the Secretary-General, to enable girl child reach her potential, excel in work place, there is the need for investment in 21st century skills, health, and safety.

Expressing delight that today, more than 1 billion girls younger than 18 are poised to take on the future as they are challenging stereotypes and breaking barriers.

‘Girls are organizing and leading movements to tackle issues such as child marriage, education inequality, violence and the climate crisis. As the theme of this year’s observance underscores, they are proving to be unscripted and unstoppable’.

He stated that across nearly 25 years, more girls have attended and completed school, fewer getting married or becoming mothers while still children themselves, and more gaining the skills they need to excel in the workplace.

The Secretary General, General António Guterres however advocated for concerted efforts and investments in their health, safety and 21st-century skills at ensuring that all girls reach their potential.

Messages were also released by Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day of the Girl, 11 October, UN Women Executive Director,  Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of the Girl, 2019 and Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child,

Several stakeholders including, UNESCO,  GLOBAL Youth Leadership and Girl – Child Foundation Ibadan,  International Charitable Initiative for Girl Child and Woman Development Foundation, Seraphim Outreach,   Heart Minders, Alimosho Local Government, Soar Africa Foundation, Boundless Hands Africa, International Centre for Human Rights, Nonviolence and Safety Awareness and Youth for Human Rights International collaborated with United Nations Information Centre, UNIC, Nigeria to mark the day with several activities.

Sustainable Development Goals achievable through political will-UNIC Nigeria

Actualisation of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria will be achieved with political will, goal setting and taking ownership by government at all levels especially local governments.

Director of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) Nigeria, Mr Ronald Kayanja highlighted this in Lagos while receiving a delegation from Alimosho Local Government led by the Council Chairman, Honourable Jelili Sulaiman.

The team visited the centre to solicit support and partnership for International Day of the Girl Child on 11th October 2019 being planned by the council.

Mr Kayanja explained that United Nations SDG Goals 4 which aimed at ensuring quality education for all and promotion of lifelong learning will be achieved with creation of awareness and implementation of initiatives that will better the lots of the citizens as well as the girl child.

The Director said so far Alimosho Local Government was working in line with the theme for this year, International Day of the Girl Child, “GirlForce: Unscripted and unstoppable”, UN would provide assistance to make it a success.

He noted that the International Day being planned by the council would achieved its lofty objectives when girl child was inspired through showcasing of individuals who have stepped beyond stereotypes to achieve success in the society.

“Observation of this International Day as being planned by the council would go along way to educate the public on issues of girl child, promote goodwill and galvanise resources to address these global problems”

“When leaders set goals, share their visions that they can get support from different stakeholders” He added

The UNIC Director who also affirmed the commitment of the Centre at supporting the council in organising a successful programme also encouraged the team to give attention to elimination of open defecation in the area.

“We must avoid reinforcing stereotype, and encourage girl child to build confidence and determination by showcasing individuals in the community who succeeded in breaking barriers” He stated

The Director who also presented the Universal Human Rights Charter to the team urged them to set agenda that will enable the council deliver in provision of social services as enshrined in the SDG.

The National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Nigeria, Dr. Oluseyi Soremekun also stressed that UN work in Nigeria encouraged collaborations with stakeholders on areas of development, promotion of dialogue, among tolerance among people of different culture, religion and race.

He stressed that the centre was working with stakeholders through provision of information that will bring services of United Nations to the public in the area of human rights, peace, and development.

The Council Boss, Honourable Jelili Suleiman had earlier told the UN Information Centre, Lagos that he anchored his polices and activities on SDG’s template and  was working on provision of education infrastructure at creating conducive environment for learners in the council areas.

He stated that the council had also incorporated skills acquisition to the curriculum of primary school pupils to prepare them for vocational skills towards self-reliance.

Lagos marked International Day of the Girl Child with ‘Girl Rising’ premiere.

A cross-section of participants

A cross-section of participants

In commemorating the 2013 International Day of the Girl Child in Nigeria, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, in collaboration with other partners, staged the Nigerian premiere of the ground-breaking CNN film, ‘Girl Rising’, at the Silverbird Cinemas, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The event put together in partnership with Zontal International Club in Nigeria and Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), attracted 441 people which included female students from 29 schools, representatives of 12 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and journalists from 22 media organizations.
Some students at the event marking the 2013 International Day of the Girl Child in Lagos.

Some students at the event marking the 2013 International Day of the Girl Child in Lagos.

‘Girl Rising’ is a feature film that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives.
Speaking at the occasion, the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, reiterated the commitment of the United Nations system in Nigeria to the promotion of girl child education for the girls’ personal advancement and the nation’s development.
Mr Soremekun, who read the message of the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Mr Ban Kimoon and conveyed the warm wishes of the Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Nigeria, Mr Daouda Toure on the occasion, noted that the UN through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), is collaborating with the government of Nigeria to improve children’s access to education and revitilise Adult and Youth literacy in the country.
L-R: The President, Women Arise for Change Initiative & Receipient, International Women of Courage Award, Dr Joe Odumakin; the National Information Officer & Officer-in-Charge of UNIC, Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, and the President, Zonta International Club of Lagos 1, Ms Shade Bembatoum-Young.

L-R: The President, Women Arise for Change Initiative & Receipient, International Women of Courage Award, Dr Joe Odumakin; the National Information Officer & Officer-in-Charge of UNIC, Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, and the President, Zonta International Club of Lagos 1, Ms Shade Bembatoum-Young.


In his message, Mr Kimoon noted that empowering girls, ensuring their human rights and addressing the discrimination and violence they face are essential to progress for the whole human family. He pointed out that one of the ways to achieve those goals was to provide girls with the education they deserve.
The Secretary General called for fresh solutions to girls’ education challenges and enjoined all to heed the voices of young people. “On this International Day of the Girl Child, let us work together to invest in education so that girls can advance in their personal development and contribute to our common future,” he added.
Even little girls pass the message of girl child education

Even little girls pass the message of the girl child education

The National Information Officer, UNIC Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun (Left) and some dignitaries at the event.

The National Information Officer, UNIC Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun (Left) and some dignitaries at the event.


Also speaking at the occasion was the President of Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), Ms Hafsat Abiola-Costello, who urged all the female students at the event to be proud of their parents for sending them to schools as there are many in other parts of Nigeria who do not have the opportunity of attending school.
She charged them to take their studies seriously; be each other’s best friend and work together for a better Nigeria.
In her goodwill message, the President of Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr Joe Odumakin, observed that the future of any nation depends on the girl child. . “Parents should know that the girl child is their present as well as the future, and therefore, should invest in her,” She added.