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International Day of the Girl Child 2017
October 11th is the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to recognize girl's rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year's theme is "The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030" and it is an opportunity for us to pay attention to the health and well-being of the world's adolescent girls, including their sexual and reproductive health and call powerfully for a stronger focus on adolescent girls across the world.
 
   Somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence, suffer severe disadvantages, discrimination and exclusion, merely for being young and being female. We should enable them to avoid child marriage and unwanted pregnancy, protect against HIV transmission, stay safe from FGM(female genital mutilation) and acquire the education and skills they need to realize their potential. The girl child should not be considered second-class citizen who does not have the right to basic freedom and privileges that men enjoy. 
 
   Their roles are primarily fixed as domestic help, tools for the pleasure of their men and instruments for procreation. We should change the mindset of the people to not just see the Girl Child as being fragile, weak and dependent. We need to train the girls or give them free access to comprehensive sexuality education. Every girl child deserves to know about sex education, provide them with comprehensive health services, including contraceptive services. They also need to be kept in school.
  We should have a world in which girls have no limits on their aspiration for the future, no matter where they come from. A world where adolescent girls have access to sex education and health services which will allow them to make the right choices for a healthy lifestyle. A world where every girl child can stand to fight for their rights, be educated so they can know about sexually transmitted diseases, be free from violence, unwanted pregnancy.
 
Thousands of Nigerian young and under-aged girls are being trafficked on daily basis across our borders for sexual exploitation and hard labour and/or forced or convinced into irregular migration. Our girls are being trafficked from their homes to unknown destinations every day for sexual exploitation and for child labour. Reported and unreported cases of molestation of girls are on the increase daily. 
 
  Girls are forced into early marriages and when they decide to leave their children become vulnerable and at risk because their mothers lack education, exposure and are financially incapable. 
  We in WOCON stand against these gruesome activities and speak for the dignity of girls everywhere.
  Only when we start realizing this fact, that a girl is also as much of a human as a boy, with her own feelings and aspirations, then we will be able to end this long struggle for the girl child. If the girls are given the right chances to nurture their skills and talent, then the can excel in different areas of life.
 
  Quote- Your gender should not determine whether you get an education.

Raising Awareness on Human Trafficking in Nigeria

 

In honor of the UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Women's Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) joins Civil Society Organizations, Government Agencies, Communities and individuals to keep taking a stand against human trafficking. 

 

Together, we continue to raise awareness on the harsh realities that trafficking victims face, educate the public on what human trafficking is and its relationship with the Law and today as always, we renew our commitment to fight this scourge until it becomes a thing of the past.

 

Due to the underground nature of human trafficking, it is difficult to accurately estimate the number of individuals trafficked. Nonetheless, it is too common in Nigeria that some of the children hawking on the streets or working as house-helps are actually victims of human trafficking. Trafficked victims are often the most vulnerable members of society, it is no surprise that they most often are women and children. Victims are often recruited from poor families in rural areas and promised work or education in urban areas; instead they find themselves working for little or no pay and facing psychological, physical and sexual abuse.

 

In addition to trafficking from rural to urban areas, trafficking also occurs across national borders. Nigerian women and children are trafficked to other countries in West and Central Africa, North Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and even the Americas. Internationally trafficked victims often face unique abuses such as the threat of deportation which work to control them and cause additional psychological distress. This picture is further complicated by uncoordinated or poorly enforced National Laws which most times, enable traffickers.

 

Our Organization, Women’s Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) keeps up the fight to end this scourge through Advocacy, Awareness-raising, Workshops and Consultative Fora, Market and Street Rallies,Training of vulnerable individuals especially in rural areas, Education, and Research. We also address the root contributors to human trafficking - with poverty topping the list. This year’s World Day Against Human Trafficking marks another day to highlight the importance of the fight against human trafficking. We continue to stand for trafficked victims’ rescue and rehabilitation and by this we are calling on the government not to relent but rather continue to ensure that traffickers are brought to the Law.

 

WOCON also wants to acknowledge the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for the great work of identifying and prosecuting offenders, sheltering, protecting and rescuing victims, etc. NAPTIP has rescued so many trafficked individuals over the past years and this past Thursday (July 27, 2017), joined by other Stakeholders including Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigerian Police, WOCON and others, marched to raise awareness on the issue. We vow to continue to collaborate with them until human trafficking is eradicated in our societyWOCON also acknowledges the work of other anti-trafficking NGOs in Nigeria. 

 

Our work makes it clear that only a collective effort is able to STOP human trafficking.

 

On this day and everyday, we STAND UP AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING and will continue to do so until it is eradicated.

 

 

Resources/Works Cited:

UNODC’s Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

CarnitasNigeria.org

More information on what WOCON does to fight human trafficking can be found here.

Women’s Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) is a non-political and non profit making Association, committed to the enhancement of the status of women and related feminist goals and ideals. A non-governmental, non-partisan and non-religious Organisation committed to the enforcement of Women and children’s Rights and the attainment of equality, development and peace.
 

Mission Statement

Women’ Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) shall be non-political and none-profit making Association, committed to the enhancement of the status of women and related feminist goals and ideals.

A non-governmental, non-partisan and non-religious Organisation committed to the enforcement of Women and children’s Rights and the attainment of equality, development and peace.

WOCON holds a United Nations special Consultative Status

Human Trafficking


WOCON Ogun State staff and executive director at Seme Border for the return of rescued Beninese trafficked children to be reunited with their parents.

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Political Empowerment

WOCON as South-West coordinator for women political empowerment project and WARDC organised strategic planning for female politicians at local government level.

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Children Education

Donation of school bags and materials by WOCON with support from Wings against the dawn USA to school children in the Ajegunle Community School.


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Civic Education

Voter/Civic Education in rural communities - Ogun State.

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