To commemorate International Day of the Girl 2021, the Swedish Embassy, ââin partnership with PLAN International and TechHerNG, on Wednesday called for the protection of women and girls online.
The event was organized by âGirl Take Over at the Embassy of Sweden in Nigeriaâ.
In his remarks, PLAN International Nigeria Policy, Research and Influence Officer Tunde Aremu praised Sweden’s efforts to partner with PLAN and other stakeholders to advocate for the rights of girls online.
He also praised the Ambassador’s efforts to collaborate in the defense of the rights of the girl child, in particular during the #FreeToBeOnline campaign.
At the event, Ambassador GrÃ¤ns ââspoke out against the alarming levels of bullying and harassment girls face online.
He said, âThis issue is a global problem that requires urgent attention. The shame and harassment of girls online needs to be addressed immediately. “
âAmbassador of the dayâ Mercy visited the embassy. In her conversation with Ambassador GrÃ¤ns, she called on the Nigerian government to increase its investments in digital literacy for women and girls.
She also shared her sadness when she realized that other girls have been denied access to digital literacy and, worse yet, other basic human rights. She called for much more deliberate efforts to equip girls and children with digital literacy skills to navigate fake news online and prevent its spread.
Gloria Simon of TechHer also praised Sweden’s investment in girls and Plan’s continued partnership with the Swedish Embassy in Nigeria and TechHer.
âWe are always delighted to see efforts that reduce the gap in access to technology and leadership for girls in Nigeria,â she said. “We are pleased to see that efforts are stepped up to reduce the gap in access to technology and similar opportunities between boys and girls in Nigeria,” she added.
2019 Honorary Ambassador Joy-Life Alegbemi was also present. She expressed her gratitude to the Swedish Embassy and PLAN International for this opportunity and called for more efforts to protect the rights of women and girls.
International Day of the Girl is an annual day dedicated to promoting the realization of girls’ rights, empowering them and drawing attention to the challenges they face.
Meanwhile, the event hosted 15-year-old OakBridge Foundation student Mercy Chrimon, who spent the day accompanying Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria Carl Michael GrÃ¤ns. Selected as one of the TechHer’s School Tour Network students, she spent the day chaired by her school principal, Angela Ejeme, and discussed the needs of girls and ways to improve the digital rights of women and girls. in the country.