The Justice and Development and Peace Makers’ Centre, Osogbo has reiterated its commitment towards peace, just and equitable society for every Girl Child in the state.
General Coordinator of the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre (JDPMC), Rev.Fr.Peter Akinkunmi made this known in his message to commemorate the annual International Girl Child’s Day through the Head of Integrated Human Development Department, Mrs. Juliet Akande.
“We have seen and still seeing the challenges of being a girl child in our communities; from being not wanted because of male child preference to being subjected to Female Genital Mutilation, to defilement/ sexual abuse by pedophilic men, to absenteeism in school if she ever gets to go to school, to early drop-out to support the household earning, to being child household head in the unfortunate incidence of maternal mortality, to unhygienic menstrual management, to early child marriage or betrothal especially after being used as collateral for the loan, to teenage pregnancy resulting from rape and many more sufferable situations”, he stressed.
He therefore assured the Nigerian Girl Children especially in the Osun state not to give up or lose hope as the JPDMC would continually champion their cause in any imbalanced or unjust situation for they were not alone.
“Our hopes are raised when we see women who crossed the hurdles to become great, and the number of girls we have defended and catered for, we will not relent in clamoring for a Just, Peace and Equitable society of our dreams, meanwhile, more girls can run to us for safety, justice and holistic support for we will not be tired”, he affirmed.