By Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA
Kumasi, Oct 12, GNA – Mrs. Vida Owusu, Girl
Child Coordinator at the Kumasi Metro Education Office, has underscored the
need for everyone to join in the advocacy to empower the girl child to discover
This, she indicated, was vital to churning out
responsible mothers and women leaders in our societies.
Girls played pivotal roles in the development
of every home, workplace and almost every social gathering, she explained,
adding that “with the girl child, we have a nation”.
Mrs. Owusu gave the advice at the 2018
International Day of the Girl Child, organized by the Defence for Children
International Ghana (DCI) in Kumasi.
This year’s celebration was held under theme
“With her: A skilled force”.
She was optimistic that, with increased
advocacy, the abuses girls faced in their homes, schools and communities would
She expressed her commitment to support girls
by inspiring them to be innovative and to take charge of their own future.
Mr. Stephen Darfour, Ashanti Regional Director
of the Department of Children, advised girls to take their education serious
and resist early marriages.
He said over two million girls around the
globe were forced into early marriages as at the end of 2017.
Mr. Darfour pleaded with parents to open up to
their children so that they could report cases of abuse to them.
Nana Akomanyi Essandoh V, the President
DCI-Ghana, pledged that they would continue to champion the cause of children
and urged girls to develop self-esteem to avoid being lured into indecent acts.
He used the platform to advice parents to
report abuse cases to the police and not to accept settlements at home,
whenever their daughters are abused.