By Josephine Agbonkhese
WOMEN Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, WARDC, has called on government, at all levels, to show greater commitment towards improving the lives of girls.
WARDC said this, yesterday, in Lagos during a quiz and debate competition organised for tertiary and secondary school students to commemorate the International Day of the Girl-child.
Led by the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Idiat Oluranti Adebule; founding director, WARDC, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi; first female Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Prof. Chioma Agomo and the team leader, Voices for Change, Mrs Caroline Enye, WARDC lamented the plight of girls in the country.
Akiyode-Afolabi said: “The girl-child remains one of the most endangered species in the world as accepted social norms and discriminatory laws continue to allow for harmful practices. Each year, 15 million girls are married before the age of 18, with devastating consequences.”