Recently, a child’s rights and welfare NGO, Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE) marked the ‘International Day of the Girl’ with about 250 school girls drawn from across Lagos and Ogun States.
It also used the opportunity to preview its new short documentary movie, RUN, which highlights the plight of victims of child marriages in Nigeria. CEE-HOPE which works with young girls and vulnerable children in slums, also showcased hundreds of photos of its activities titled ‘State of the Nigerian Girl’.
The speakers at the event, drawn from various backgrounds, took time inspiring the girls on issues related to relationship, self-worth, career, rape prevention among others. They included Amb. Unyime Ivy-King, Muyiwa Babarinde, Laila ST. Matthew-Daniels, Amb. Sharon James, organiser, Betty Abah, Princess Olufemi-Kayode, Dr. Dave Udo-Umoh, Kingsley Obom-Egbulem and Dr. Raphael James.
Betty Abah, CEE-HOPE’s Founder and Executive Director said the event was put together to ‘highlight the plight of the Nigerian girl, discourage child marriage, encourage education and boost the confidence and determination of our girls to become the champions they are born to be.’