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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Investiture Ceremony: United Nation/Saraphine Outreach Honour Hon. Amb. Comr. Mrs Maryann Eke-Izuchukwu

Every 11th October, the United Nation marks an observance day known all around the world as The International Day of the Girl Child. This observance day, advocates more opportunities for girls, increased awareness on gender inequality, right to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care and all round protection for the Girl Child.

Observing the 2018 International Day of the Girl Child, Hon. Amb. Comr. (Mrs) MaryAnn Eke-Izuchukwu, Executive Assistant to the Governor of Anambra State on Community Liaison, on October 11 led a walk that witnessed a large turnout in Awka, on campaign against early Girl Child marriage, sensitizing and educating our girls in Anambra.

It was this singular feat, amongst others, that caught the attention of the United Nation in collaboration with the Seraphine Outreach and yesterday she was invested and recognized with the honour, as the Special Ambassador of the Girl Child in the world.

Formally bestowing the investiture on the recipient, at the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Amb. Nwosu Seraphine Chioma, a Girl Child Ambassador and the Founder/President of Seraphine Outreach, said she was singled out for recognition because of what she had done for the Girl Child and what she will still do for them in the future.

Commending her courage and steadfastness in speaking up for the Girl Child in Anambra and beyond, Amb. Nwosu also presented her with a symbolic candle, encouraging her to never stop to be the light for the Girl Child.

“Candle represents light and we give this candle to light it for the girl child”. “Wherever there is darkness, please bring up light”.

“Wherever you enter, let light enter for the girl child. Whatever they are doing against the girl child, when you stand do so with this light”, she concluded.

Short of words, Hon. Amb. Comr. (Mrs) MaryAnn Eke-Izuchukwu thanked God almighty for the gathering and also extend same gratitude to those who graced the ceremony. She promised to always do her very best for the Girl Child all over the world and to remain a role model to them.

Fielding questions from the press shortly after the ceremony, Mrs Nwosu, an accomplished publisher who has authored great books like; Have You Taught Your Daughters, Making A Beautiful Marriage, Cooperative Parenting, The True Beauty of a Woman, amongst others, noted that the challenges confronting the Girl Child are numerous. She, nevertheless, mentioned; Early Child Marriage, Domestic Violence, Rape, Child Trafficking, as the major challenges confronting the Girl Child.

To checkmate these indiscriminations and rescue the Girl Child from self destructive habits, Mrs Nwosu, a teacher by profession and a growing generation coach, however, suggested that The Child’s Rights Act be strengthened and implemented in all states.

In the same vein, Hon. Amb. Comr. Eke-Izuchukwu, noted that plans are underway to empower more Girl Child through Education in Anambra, as she and her team will do a tour of the 21 Local Government Area.

And nationally, she called on policy makers to create an enabling environment for increasing gender participation in all sectors and providing a valuable pipeline for the “Educated Girl-Child” to be transformed into women that will be agents of national transformation.

At the ceremony, the Commissioner for Women Affair and Children, Lady Ndidi Mesua, was ably represented by Mrs Ezeanwuna, Director for Girl Child at the Ministry.

Mrs Stella Ogu Ifemezia; Lady Loretta Akudo; Hon. Arinze Okafor; Amb. Oluchi Eze, were among the other dignitaries present at the occasion.

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