EU, UNICEF warn parents against exploitation of girls

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By Obinna Ogbonnaya

Abakaliki – European Union (EU), Nations ’s Fund UNICEF and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Ebonyi State have condemned the of girls by parents to amass wealth.

They said many parents in a bid to amass wealth sell girls to the highest bidder and lamented that such girls are often exposed to sexual violence and other forms of violence against women.

During an advocacy with executives of Women Faith-based Organisation for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Girls and in Ezza South local of the state, UNICEF desk officer in NOA, Mr Uchenna Unah, said the advocacy was organised to sensitise the participants the dangers of violence against women, girls and and the need to always such cases to the relevant authorities.

Unah said the organisers have continued to champion the campaign against violence against women, adding that though the campaign has yielded fruits, there was still need for enlightenment campaigns in , and communities to ensure the reduction of violence in the society.

In his presentation, the Ebonyi State coordinator, National Human Commission (NHRC), Mr. Onyekachi Nworie, warned parents against seeing the girl child as object for amassing wealth.

Mrs. Ngwoke Anthonia, , Catholic Women (CWO), St Camelus Catholic Church Idembia, commended the organisation for the and called women to lead the cause for the elimination of huge financial burden people getting married to daughters.

“It is the way you take yourself that people will address you, as we go now we will try to counter the motion that we are not objects, we are human beings and need to be respected, nobody should take us as property in the , or a group that can be taken anyhow, we need to be handled with care,” she said.