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Rights group unveils $1b global strategy for 200 million girls

By Joke Falaju, Abuja
11 October 2022   |   2:10 am
Rights group, Plan International, has launched a $1 billion fund to support over 200 million girls globally. Its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Stephen Omollo, made the disclosure, yesterday, in Abuja...

Stephen Omollo

Rights group, Plan International, has launched a $1 billion fund to support over 200 million girls globally. Its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Stephen Omollo, made the disclosure, yesterday, in Abuja, at the unveiling of the five-year Global Strategy 2022-2027 with the theme,

Girls Standing Strong To Make Global Change’. He charged donors to support the course of alleviating the challenge of the girl-child.
Omollo observed that societies thrived when adequate attention was given to girl-child’s rights in the area of education and health, stating: “Globally, we want to reach 200 million girls in the world. With assistance, we want to ensure that girls learn, lead, decide and also thrive.” He said the essence of the programme is to ensure that girls have access to quality education, sexual reproductive health and rights.

The CEO, therefore, commended the supportive role of the Federal Government in achieving the feat. According to him, in Nigeria, the organisation is looking at how to expand its reach and work with the broadcast partnership and grow investment to work with young people.

“We have an investment plan. We have just launched what we call the Global Girls Foundation, which is an investment plan to grow more income and to reach more girls.

Also, the Country Director, Plan International in Nigeria, Charles Usie, said about 15 million girls nationwide have been targeted under the programme. He noted that the strategy would bring new focus to girls and young people in meaningful ways by building their capacities to tackle issues they face, especially girls.

The initiative, he pointed out, would articulate what would be done for girls in the area of education, healthcare, livelihood, protection, water and sanitation, among others. Usie said: “This strategy is going to guide everything we do globally. In Nigeria, we will align our strategy to the global strategy.

“Nigeria is one of our biggest country programmes worldwide. Now, in the previous strategy, we had a target of 100 million girls and from that target, Nigeria was responsible for reaching 10 million girls, which is 10 per cent of the global targets.

“In this new strategy, starting from 2022, in the target of 200 million girls, Nigeria may likely get as much as 10 or 15 million girls as a target for the next five years.

“So, the new strategy brings a new focus to girls and young people in meaningful ways. And by this, we mean we want to, in the next five years, build strength in the movement of young people or girls to tackle the issues that young people face, particularly young girls.”

Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, promised to continue to promote the rights of the girl child in the country. Represented by the Director, Child Development Department of the ministry, Ali Madugu, the minister said the ministry’s budget would henceforth include vote for girls’ education.

She reiterated commitment to collaborate with the group to enhance protection of child rights, adding that the ministry has been engaging the non-governmental organisation (NGO) on its programmes.

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