By Ikeugonna Eleke
A non-profit Organisation, Young Anambra Women for Impact (YAWI), has admonished the girl child to insist on being students before becoming wives.
The group which was at Sacred Heart College, Nteje, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, to mark the International Girl Child Day with the students of the school, stressed the need for the girl child to be educated.
Speaking against the idea of family members giving out young girls of school age to suitors as wives, the founder of the organisation, Ms. Chidimma Sunshine Oramali, encouraged the young girls to take charge of their future and stand their grounds to be sent to school, instead of being given out as brides.
Oramali said the event was a yearly one which it used to encourage female students in diverse schools.
Addressing female students of Sacred Heart College, Nteje, Ms Oramali said, ‘Fellow girls, we are the pride of nature and every society; the multiplier of all things good.
‘We give birth, life and light; we are the moulders and shapers of humans and invariably the world. We are the embodiment of strength and resilience.
‘We are the glory of all God’s creatures; In fact, we run the world. And today in unison and in one voice, we ask society to see us first as humans before any gender classification.
‘See the strength in our fragile physical built before calling us weak and inferior. Give us our childhood before exposing us to motherhood. You must insist on being sent to school before being sent to become wives.
‘We know there is always room for improvement in development; therefore we plead that they give us girls the best of life.’
The event was attended by several speakers, including: Women’s rights activist /YAWI Media Officer, Charley Mandy; Deputy TC Chairman of Oyi Local Government Area, Hon Mrs Chidimma Mkpoechina; The Omu of Anioma, HRM Omu Martha Dunkwu, and the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Engr Dr Francisca Unoma Nwafulugo.
The group also granted scholarship to indigent students, including Okoli Rita Chidimma, a Junior Secondary Two student; and Ebelide Sylvester, who is a Senior Secondary One student of the school.