By Elizabeth Uwandu
Armed with the belief that the female folk can achieve goals if properly given the right leverage, Miss Esther Chioma Uwandu, founder, Impact Her Initiative, IHI, stated that it was the obligation of everyone to dispel the notion that the girl-child is lesser human or a second-class citizen.
Speaking at the PadaGirl campaign to mark this year’s Valentine’s Day at Mabchris Comprehensive College, Lawanson, Surulere, Uwandu stated that the need to educate young girls who see Valentine’s Day as a day for sexual escapade informed the campaign.
The IHI founder spoke in the presence of other speakers such as Lydia John, a Nollywood actress and motivational speaker; Brenda Nwafor, Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, Lagos Secretary and entrepreneur, and award-winning writer/poet, Madam Iquo Diana-Abasi.
She explained: “Our Valentine outreach for girls was borne out of the fact that girls, and ladies in general, usually fall victims to the caprices of deception, sexual abuse and gender- based violence.
“We want you as girls to know that love is beyond Valentine’s Day. Valentine is just a day, but loving oneself, neighbours and country should be done everyday. We want you to know that you are enough for yourselves; you can learn to pursue your dreams and avoid distractions, because you are special individuals,” she urged the girls.
The event saw the girls sensitized on proper hygiene during menstruation; the need to have self esteem and career pathway discovery. It also featured the distribution of items such as sanitary towels, pant liners; tissue paper, noodles and snacks etc. to students of Mabchris Comprehensive College.