PRESS RELEASE: International Day of the Girl and launch of ‘Hands Up For Her’ Campaign
Beyond the Classroom Foundation and HACEY’s Health Initiative will on Thursday October 11 2012 celebrate the International Day of the Girl in an event under the theme: ‘HEALTH, EMPOWERMENT, AND RIGHTS’ at the Main Auditorium of the University of Lagos, Akoka. This theme is set to address issues of discrimination against the girl child in terms of equality in accessing health care, empowerment opportunities and basic rights such as education, it will also address various forms of abuse the girl child is subjected to in her home and in the society.
The UN is putting its weight and influence behind global efforts to raise awareness of girls’ rights and shine a spotlight on areas where those rights are routinely violated. This was also seen last year when the United Nations General Assembly designated October 11 as the International Day of the Girl.
The International Day of the Girl event in Lagos will witness the launch of ‘Hands Up For Her’ campaign, aimed at jolting the consciousness of all stakeholders to renewing their commitment to the development of the girl child. The campaign will be launched and endorsed by notable individuals and organisations in the society with girls from selected schools in Lagos State in attendance.
The International Day of the Girl also provides an opportunity to promote equal treatment and opportunities for girls in Nigeria in areas such as rights, nutrition, health care, education, empowerment, and freedom from violence and abuse. It will also call governments and societies to take notice and act on the injustice that is being perpetuated against girls.
The Guest Speakers at the event include:
Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin – Foremost Human Right Activist and President, Campaign for Democracy
Pharmacist Bisi Bright – Executive Director, Live well Initiative
Mrs Detoun Ogwo – After Graduate Development Centre
Expected Guests at the event include:
The First Lady of Lagos State, Dame Emanuella Abimbola Fashola
Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye
Lami Phillips – Song Writer and UN Ambassador,
Joke Silva – Veteran Actress and others
While the Guest Panelists are: Tari Ekiyor (Seasoned Writer), Maureen Iyasele (Executive Director, The JobMag), Tochi Eze (Lawyer and Executive Director, Selah Inspirational), Omotola Fawunmi (Lead Consultant, Project STRETCH), Ogunyemi Bukola (Talented Writer), Lizzy Anjorin (Actress, Kofo Tinubu), Bukola Awoyemi (Actress, Arugba), Kikiowo Ileowo (Blogger and Social Media Consultant), and Atitola Moronfolu (Writer, Editor and Blogger)
Venue: University of Lagos Main Auditorium, Akoka, Lagos.
Date: Thursday 11th October 2012.
Time: 10.00am Prompt
For further information about the event, the ‘Hands Up For Her’ campaign, or how you can be a part of it, do not hesitate to contact us through our email or by calling any of the lines listed.
08131967570, 08024207817 – Rhoda Robinson
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