The Ministry of Human Service, through the Gender Affair Bureau is again celebrating ‘The International Day of the Girl Child’ with a virtual observance. The day was declared by the United Nations on October 11, 2012 and it is also called the Day of Girls and the International Day of the Girl child.
In an exclusive interview with The Guyana Ledger, Senior Gender Affairs Officer at the Ministry of Human Service Lagan Hymawattie said that the Ministry is working alongside all females to amplify their voices.
Hymawattie explained that this is done so as to have girls have a voice and stand up for their rights. “It is so ever often that young girls and women don’t have a voice they are always left behind and so we want to give them that support. That why used the theme “My Voice, our equal future, girls breaking barriers”. So, come this time around we are looking for the Girls to tell us how they are going to do so.”
Hymawattie touched on how why it is important for girls to step out of their comfort zones.
“In order for them to do that they have to break barriers religiously, culturally and social economic background, so we will now have to help them, empower them and build their capacity so they can be able to go out and help themselves… We want the girl to break the barriers to get out of the traditional fields and more in the non-traditional fields.” Hymawattie Said.
The International Day of the Girl Child activities will be broadcast live on Television, Radio and social media platform on Sunday 11 October at 4:00pm . A rally will be held virtual with items displayed from every region that were done by young girls and young women.