By Taye Obateru & Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos—Street begging and the scourge of VVF in the north could be curbed if the girl child who subsequently becomes a mother is given quality education.
Plateau State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Olivia Dazyem and Hajia Aminu Salihu disclosed this in Jos weekend at the 3rd Plateau Roundtable organized by Carefronting Nigeria in collaboration with Freedom House.
According to them, proper education would equip the girl child to positively impact her children for the good of the society.
The duo who were speakers at the event lamented the plight of the girl child especially in the north agreeing that patriarchy and wrong interpretation of religion have collaborated to rob the female children of their rights in the society.
According to them, both “Islam and Christianity guarantee the right of all human beings so the situation where a girl child is forced to be a baby raising another baby is not good for us as a nation”.
However, Hajia Salihu pointed out that “a more informed person can better understand and practice religion not adapting to the warped interpretation of the Qur’an and street begging.
“Islam is indeed a religion of peace and gives rights in equal measure to male and female who believe, Qur’an must be flexible enough to accommodate innumerable cultural situations so that it remains universally relevant to all those who believe.
“Islam guarantees rights to girls and women such as the rights of choice, to education, to life, to dignity and honour, to a voice and participation in public life among others. A girl or woman has the right to choose a spouse, a career and men are forbidden from inheriting widows against their will, a right to choose which social, cultural or political association she affiliates with”, she stressed.