At SHIELD 2019, call for girl child’s protection re-echoes
Committed to raising confident girls, by promoting, projecting and changing the narrative of how a girl-child should be perceived especially as it relates to her physical and physiological development, TIQ IMAGE, a girl-child image firm focused on promoting the desired image of a girl-child recently held its annual SHIELD #protectthegirlchild in Surulere, Lagos.
Tagged, SHIELD 2019 #protectthegirlchild experience and held in conjunction with Amber Alert for Social Justice, legal teams that advocates for human right, and Network for University Legal Aid Institution (NULAI) for girls within the ages of 4 – 16 years, the event took participants through a life-changing understanding of how a girl child changes her world.
Speaking with The Guardian shortly after the event, the convener of the event and Founder/Creative Director, TIQ IMAGE, Tina Fasugbe said the essence of SHIELD, an idea conceived and launched in October 2016, as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibiliy (CSR) to the community, was to raise bold, beautiful and brave girls with the right mind-frame to rule their world.
She said: “The girl-child’s development is a lifelong process of physical, behavioural, cognitive, and emotional growth and change. In the early stages of life from babyhood to childhood, childhood to adolescence, and adolescence to adulthood enormous changes take place.
“Throughout the process, she develops attitudes and values that guide choices, relationships, and understanding. Hence her freedom, safety and sense of belonging shouldn’t be taken for granted,” Fasugbe added.
She stated that the set goal of SHIELD is basically aimed at addressing the recent rampant and prevailing abuses and identity crisis that befalls the girl-child in the 21st century, ranging from rape, sexual harassment, maltreatment and self-esteem issues.
Despite the heavy downpour on the day, the well-attended event took every participant through a life-changing understanding of how a girl child changes her world, with an understanding that her freedom, safety and sense of belonging shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Highlights of the event include: how to identify an abuser, red alert drill, how a girl can stay safe in the community, the good, bad and ugly of being a girl-child in West Africa, peace shake for Nigeria and SHIELD 101.