November 09, 2016

"We equip girls with kits that will empower them to live a clean and healthy life"

The Clean Girls Projects holds an event for International Day of the Girl Child

Photo credit: Ijeoma Oforka

Ijeoma Oforka

Global Youth Ambassador from Nigeria

As well as being a Global Youth Ambassador, I am the Founder of The Clean Girls’ Project, an organisation which is totally committed to advancing the health and rights of adolescent girls. 

Every year, October 11 marks the commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child. This day focus attention on the unique challenges girls face around the world and on ways to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. 

Globally, there are considerable gaps in data about the specific needs and challenges of girls, and so the theme for this year is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”. 

This is a call for action for increased investment in collecting and analysing girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data. Research has shown that simply being born a girl can leave a child at a huge disadvantage in life.

As well as being a Global Youth Ambassador, I am the Founder of The Clean Girls’ Project, an organisation which is totally committed to advancing the health and rights of adolescent girls. 

In particular, we focus on the right to education, clean water, safe private toilets and good menstrual hygiene management. 

As part of this we have partnered with Active Voices and Public Health Aid, Awareness, and Education Organization. Through our partnership we hope to improve the menstrual hygiene management of girls and women of reproductive age in Sabo-Kuchinguro internally displaced persons’ camp, Abuja. 

We aim to tackle the challenges of inadequate knowledge on menstrual hygiene management and to equip girls and women with kits that will empower them to live a clean and healthy life.    

We believe in empowering the world’s girl children and we hope that the goals promoted by the International Day of the Girl Child will be achieved in the future. 

Providing equal opportunities for everybody, independent of gender, social class, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, is essential. 

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