By Amina Ahmed
Bauchi, – The Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) has held series of stakeholders’ meetings on child protection in selected communities in Bauchi State.
The Coordinator of the Child Protection Programme, Hajia Fatsuma Mohammed, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi on Thursday.
She said that the action would enable parents and members of the communities to identify negative challenges encountered by girls during hawking; and to suggest agreed and realistic solutions.
According to her, most participants revealed that hawking had deprived girls from obtaining basic education due to the time committed to petty trading.
“Under child protection, FOMWAN held various interactive sessions with religious, traditional leaders, youths, women and the girls involved in street hawking.
“This is to provide an avenue for the stakeholders to identify and accept the challenges encountered by the girls.
“Participants were able to reveal that hawking had deprived the girls the basic education.
“They learnt negative attitude and behaviour from peers; and sometimes even became exposed to lots of men at tender age,’’ Mohammed said.
Speaking on the way forward, she said that participants agreed on trading from home, women empowerment initiative and community savings, among others.
According to her, not less than 600 people participated at the meetings in four communities of Bauchi, Soro, Kangere and Miri.
Mohammed said that FOMWAN would continue to ensure that girls were protected from social vices, encouraged and sensitised on matters affecting their future lives in the state.