BY OLUFISOYE ADENITAN
As the world commemorates international Day of the Girlchild, Human right activists have advocated the need to stop gender stereotyping
This was their submission to mark the day with this year’s theme, “Digital Generation Our generation “.
Gender stereotypes are the roles that are assigned to men and women from an early stage, Between the ages of 0_3 years .
Children stereotypes broadens on sports, school subjects and personality traits and children become increasingly knowledgeable about their gender.
Some evidences suggest that boys are held to embrace rigid ideals than girls thereby putting one gender over the other .
The Executive Director, Hacey Health Foundation , Rhoda Robinson Posited that opinions of girls matters as well as boys saying structures and system that support such should be created
Mrs Robinson however said there are wider gender gap in the country as over 40 percent of girls are out of school.
Also speaking, a child right advocate, Miss Adebola Aderibigbe identified lack of confidence as major impediment to the growth of girls.
Miss Aderibigbe stressed the need for women who are doing well in their career to be mentors to girls so that they can have people to look up to.
In his own view, A child advocate and Executive Director , Kids&Teen Resource Center,Mrs Folasade Bamigbye opined that it is another opportunity for stakeholders to review commitment to closing the digital divide especially among those in the rural communities .
In her submission, the first female Vice president , B Zone, Nigeria Union of journalist Mrs Ronke Samo advocated equal Opportunity for both gender especially In education to showcase their talents.
Mrs Samo appealed to government to create enabling environment for them to thrive .