Bakassi and Akpabuyo – Hon. Grace Bassey, Founder and Executive Director of the Support for Girls, Boys, and Women Initiative (SUGBWi) on Friday marked the International Day of the Girl Child by engaging with students at Christian Diamond Secondary School in Bakassi and Government Secondary School in Ikot Ewa, Akpabuyo NEGROIDHAVEN has garnered.
The event, held under the theme ‘Our time is now, our rights, our Future,’ was a momentous occasion that brought together students, teachers, and the collaboration of notable public figures including Senator Asuquo Ekpenyong Jnr, Rt. Hon. Joseph Bassey, Hon. Eyo Bassey and Cdr. Patrick Odiong Rtd. The collaborative effort aimed to commemorate this significant day by addressing gender equity and emphasising the essential role of girls and women in our communities.
Advocating for Gender Equity
Addressing the gathering, Hon. Bassey highlighted the ongoing struggle for gender equity. She stressed that equity is not just a matter of fairness but a fundamental issue of social justice. Advocating for equal opportunities for girls, she emphasised that every girl deserves an equal chance to thrive, learn, and lead.
Support for Girls, Boys, and Women Initiative (SUGBWi) Marks 2023 International Day of the Girl Child in Designated Schools in Bakassi and Akpabuyo LGAs with a Call for Gender Equity pic.twitter.com/c3Zlo9dzES
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Promoting Women’s Health
The event also emphasised the critical importance of health for women. Hon. Bassey expressed her concern about the adverse impact of preventable health issues on women and girls. The event included talks on health, particularly on issues such as cancer (which was facilitated by Ukeme Ekong of Onyx Foundation), aiming to empower young girls to make informed decisions about their well-being. It was highlighted that women’s health is not merely a personal matter but a fundamental right.
Empowering Through Skills Development
Another key aspect of the programme was empowering girls through skill development. Hon. Grace Bassey emphasised the significance of skills in providing economic independence, confidence, and a sense of purpose. By investing in girls’ skills, they can thrive in a rapidly changing world.
The event served as a reminder that a brighter, more equitable future is only possible when we invest in the rights, health, and skills of our girls. It was a day to champion gender equity, advocate for women’s health, and promote skill development. The collaboration of prominent figures from the political arena underlines the importance of such efforts. Hon. Grace Bassey and her team continue their mission to support and empower girls in Bakassi and Akpabuyo.
The Support for Girls, Boys, and Women Initiative, SUGBWi, is committed to advancing the rights and well-being of girls and women, nurturing a more equitable society for everyone.
International Day of Girl Child is marked every 11th October world over.