1 WHY GIRLS
It can’t be denied that girls make up a critical demography for social change as well as global development. Girls represent a huge underserved population especially in the developing world. It is estimated that those under the age of 25 make up 43 per cent of the world’s population and 60 per cent reside in the least developed countries like Cameroon. Currently, the cohort of adolescent girls is the largest in human history and this number is expected to rise in the next few decades. However, adolescent girls tend not to be included in many developments programs. Many of these adolescent girls face vulnerability, which includes lacking family and community support, limited economic opportunities, not having a voice, as well as unfavorable social attitudes. As a result, their economic and social empowerment is constrained thus leading to risky behaviors at times. Despite this, working with and for these adolescent girls should be perceived as a human right and critical for development. (2012 International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)).
So then reaching girls in early adolescent offer an opportunity to guide their development, self-discovery and identity in positive ways and prepares them for a better Future. This can easily be done through the education and empowerment of these girls in Schools, Churches, Homes and many other social Gatherings. Most of the girls we meet during social campaigns and advocacy face a lot of Social, Moral, emotional, Material, Financial and interaction imbalances due to lack of empowerment which result in;
- a low self esteem
- a lack in purpose
- hindrance to self-discovery
- a low state of Morals
- a lack of confidence
- a lack of decision making ability
The uncertainties that come with young girls in their adolescent breeds social, moral, economic and material lopsidedness given that they are more exposed to societal hazards, cultures and beliefs which limits their abilities to make informed decisions and impact their own lives.
In this Effect, there can never be too many organizations that support girls development, empowerment and growth. The need for positive role models and guidance is big enough for everyone to get involved.
Although much is being done so far about the involvement, training and capacity building and equality of the girl child nationally and internationally, most parents, societies and communities don’t still see the importance of the girl child development and empowerment and practically don’t put in time to see that these girls are empowered and motivated to become better girls, women, mothers, wives and citizens of the generation of tomorrow.
We know that when we empower girls, help them become bold and confident, everybody benefits. Girl child early empowerment and development is also an important tool for upholding girls rights and values, especially in Africa and in Cameroon where tradition and beliefs consistently threatens girls rights, potentials and abilities
It’s a girls’ right to be empowered.
Empowered girls mean healthier families
Empowered girls are key to breaking the cycle of poverty for families around the world.
Empowered girls strengthen economies.