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Joana Ukali: Girl Child – Poem

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Dreams Your Dreams Little One
We Are Standing All Around You
Your Fears And Trials Will Also Be Ours
You Will Walk With The Courage Of Woman Worldwide

We Will Speak When You Cannot
We Will Gather When You Are Still
We Are Here To Serve You Girl Child
You Will Grow Into A Woman
Girl Child Dream Your Dreams
We Will Carry Them With Our Song And Dance And Voice
You Are A Girl Child And We Surround You With Love

Whether We Are Seen Or Heard Or By Your Side,
We Are Here
The Circle Surrounds You Girl Child
Stand Tall
When You Fall, We Will Wait
When You Falter We Will Prod
You Are Supported By Millions
Always Know This, Always Remember
You Are A Girl Child, In The Time That Is Now
This Is A Blessing
Take This Into Your Heart

Girl Child, Stand Tall
Be Not Afraid Of Being Pretty, Smart, Powerful or Plain
You Are An Earthly Goddess
So Hard It Has Been For So Many
Let Us Walk Together

We Shall Tell Our Stories
You Will Hear Our Plight And Learn
Now Girl Child Go Forward
You Are Released From The Terrors Of The Night

Yours Is A Life Of Brightness
The Darkness Has Turned To Dawn
The Dreams You Hold Within Your Heart
Allow Them To Come Forward
They Have Been Nourished With The Water Of Life

Girl Child
Let Go And Know,
Your Elegant Spirit Is So Bright And Strong
Let Go And Know
Let Go And Know

Copyright Joana Ukali 2007 All Rights Reserved

http://www.joanaukali.com/

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Today’s Girl Child; The Woman of the future!

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By Hannah Ondiek,

 FEMNET is pleased to be part of the voices celebrating the first United Nations observance of the International Day of the Girl Child, 11th October 2012 themed Ending Child Marriage. The United Nations General Assembly designated 11th October as the International Day of the Girl Child through the Resolution A/RES/66/170. UN Women is among the many organizations, initiatives and campaigns all around the world that have pledged to support and promote girls’ human rights.

The FEMNET Gender Policy refers to young women as ‘The successor generation of women leaders’. This signifies the importance of nurturing and empowering the girl child.

Across the world while a girl is learning in class, a young bride is learning to take care of her family, while a girl is catching up with school work and gaining knowledge and ideas for the future, another girl is catching up with house work as part of their daily routine, while a young girl is gaining experience on life through education another girl is going through Female Genital Mutilation – FGM, which (according to WHO) involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons to ‘make her a woman.’

© CARE International: 22 year old with 10 year old wife

Girl child Facts and Figures

Marriage:

  • Every 3 seconds, a girl is forced or coerced to marry
  • Every year, 10 million girls are forced or coerced into marriage
  • 1 in 3 girls in the developing world is married by the age of 18
  • 1 in 7 girls marries before they reach the age of 15

Education:

  • 75 million girls around the world are out of school
  • 1 in 3 girls is denied a secondary education
  • Girls’ primary school completion rates are below 50% in most poor countries
  •  while about 41% of girl’s transition to secondary school education, only 3% complete the cycle

FGM:

  • About 140 million girls and women worldwide are living with the consequences of FGM
  • FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15
  • In Africa an estimated 92 million girls above the age of 10 have undergone FGM

Sexual Health and Violence:

  • 150 million girls under 18 have experienced rape or other forms of sexual violence
  • leading cause of death for young women aged 15-19 years in developing countries is pregnancy

Solutions to consider

An extra year of secondary school increases a girl’s potential income by 15 – 25%, every extra year in a mothers schooling cuts infant mortality by between 5 – 10%, an increase of only 1% in girl’s secondary education attendance adds 0.3% to a country’s GDP (Plan International). Girl child education needs to be supported and financed in Africa!

We can also take action is against violations of the Girl Childs rights! You can make you voice heard by joining initiatives for instance the EQUALITY NOW Initiative in Egypt to stop the lowering of the minimum age of marriage for girls.

Changing the situation for the girl child not only improves her life but the whole nation and future generations to come.

What future are we creating for the girl child in Africa? Join the voices celebrating the Day of the Girl Child to End Child Marriage!

For more information on Child Marriages and initiatives to prevent this, go to;

Girls Not Brides

Every Mother Counts

Care International

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Hannah Ondiek is the Communication Intern at FEMNET. You can connect with her on twitter @hannahadoyo and hannahondeik@gmail.com