CELEBRATING THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL IN NIGERIA– BEYOND THE CLASSROOM FOUNDATION AND HACEY’S HEALTH INITIATIVE LAUNCHES THE ‘HANDS UP FOR HER’ CAMPAIGN
The 11th of October is the date to remember. This day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the International Day of the Girl. On this day, Beyond the Classroom Foundation and HACEY’s Health Initiative plan to celebrate the International Day of the Girl in an event themed: ‘HEALTH, EMPOWERMENT, AND RIGHTS.’
The event will hold 10:00am at the University of Lagos Main Auditorium, Akoka, and will feature the first lady of Lagos State, Dame Emanuella Abimbola Fashola and the Commissioner for Education, Lagos, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye.
The event features a plethora of guests including Dr Joe Okei-odumakin a foremost Human right activist and President, Campaign For Democracy, Pharm Bisi Bright, Executive Director, Live Well Initiative and Mrs Detoun Ogwo, Director, After Graduate Development Centre.
Guest panelists include; Singer/Songwriter and UN Ambassador, Lami Phillips, Tari Ekiyor, Writer and Director, The Content Factory, Maureen Iyasele, Executive Director, The Jobmag, and Bukola Ogunyemi, CEO Zebbook Consulting.
Also on the list is Blogger and Social Media Consultant, Kikiowo Ileowo, Actresses, Lizzy Anjorin (Kofo Tinubu), Bukola Awoyemi (Arugba), and Tomi Odunsi (Salewa on Tinsel).
Writer, Editor and Blogger, Atilola Moronfolu, Omotola Fawunmi, Lead Consultant, Project Stretch, Tochi Eze, Executive Director, Selah Inspirational, Grace Edwin-Okon, Executive Director of Derwin Productions, Funmilola Johnson, a Sex Education Expert, and Counselor, Author and Speaker, Florence Udu are also guests panelists.
The event’s 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 event will also see the launch of the ‘Hands up for HER’ campaign, calling all stakeholders to renew their commitment to the development of the girl child. The ‘Hands up for HER’ campaign will be launched and endorsed by notable individuals in the society and organisations.
The International Day of the Girl event in Lagos will launch the campaign ‘Hands up for HER’, thereby calling all stakeholders to renew their commitment to the development of the girl child. The ‘Hands up for HER’ campaign will be launched and endorsed by notable individuals in the society and organisations.
The campaign will involve coordinated activities all over the country being carried out by individuals, groups and organisations towards the empowerment of girls, advocacy for access to improved health and claiming of their rights.
The International Day of the Girl is geared towards promoting 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.
Venue: University of Lagos
Main Auditorium, Akoka, Lagos.
Date:Thursday 11th October 2012.