Group Partners Religious, Traditional Leaders On Girl-Child


Disturbed by the increas
ing cases of harmful traditional practices against the girl-child in Nigeria, a group under the auspices of Young Women’s Christian Association of Nigeria, YWCA has partnered  with religious and traditional leaders, on possible ways of reversing the ugly trend in Enugu.
The Association, had during a one day dialogue seminar, held at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd Anglican Church, Enugu, educated over 100 students, made up of boys and girls from various secondary schools in the state on issues concerning their reproductive health.
The  students were also given information on complications of unsafe abortion, early child marriage,  HIV/Aid amongst others.
Briefing newsmen on the essence of the meeting, National President of the organization, Lady Barr. Chikwue Ochiagha, expressed sadness over the alarming rate of harmful traditional practices against the girl child, saying they were working hard to check the sad development.
She explained that the YWCA Nigeria decided to put together the event with a view to using the religious, faith and culture platforms to get to the grassroots, adding that they wanted to develop a partnership that would assist them in the campaign against harmful practices on women.
According to her, part of the aim of the seminar was to teach the young children how they would avoid some harmful practices like unsafe abortion that could destroy their reproductive health in future.
Lady Ochiagha, further hinted that so many of the children were not aware that there were some practices that they could indulge in without knowing that those practices would affect their joy in future.
“A good number of them may not appreciate that what they do now will affect their joy in future. We must tell the child that it is through sexual intercourse that that you can get pregnant” she said.
“Some parents instead of teaching their children about reproductive health would resort to telling them that they can get pregnant when somebody touches them”, he added.
The YWCA boss, stated that the Young Women’ Christian Association is present in 18 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
While assuring that the organization would continue to partner different platforms to spread their message, she averred that they had been working in three communities in Enugu State since two years ago.
According to her, since they came to Enugu State, they have been training young girls, adding that young girls {Champions} after their training go back to their schools and other areas to spread the message.
Also speaking, an Anglican cleric, Vulnerable Emeka Ezeji commended the Young Women Christian Association for organizing the seminar, saying the Christian faith in particular was worried about harmful traditional practices against the girl-child.


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