Kisii County Women Representative Janet Ongera on Thursday celebrated the International Girl Child Day by saluting girls from all over the world who fought for their space in different forums such as sports, business and politics.
“I celebrate our very own Hellen Obiri and Kenya’s Under 18 Champion Mary Moraa. I celebrate Malala Yousafzai and all the young girls captured by Boko Haram militia,” She said
Addressing Students of Nyanchwa Girls secondary school, Ong’era said she has been saddened by the increase in cases of violence against girls.
“I am equally saddened by the alarming increase in cases of violence against girls . In the recent past many girls have been assaulted, beaten, maimed , raped, mutilated and even murdered here in Kenya. I barb the rapists at large of the incident in Nairobi Girls, the murderers of young Elvinah Moracha of Magenche Ward in Kisii County and Sharon Otieno,” She said.
The Woman also said Communities including the International ones must stop depriving girls their unalienable rights of access to education, skills, information, sexual and reproductive health services, and social-economic resources.
She said Girls are subjected to discriminatory social norms and harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and early marriages that perpetuate a cycle of violence.
“This culture of impunity must be stopped. Conflict and humanitarian crises dramatically increase the risk of violence, abuse and exploitation to girls. I urge world governments, international organizations and civil society , the media and citizens at large to act in concerto to raise the moral fiber of human consciousness and awareness, increase social-economic and political will and resources for preventing and ending violence against girls,” She added.
Ongera emphasized that gender equality is not just a women’s issue but a concerted efforts by all women and men paving way to act against all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls.
“Ending gender violence and promoting the empowerment of girls and women must be at the heart of our global agenda.To end the cycle of violence against girls we must go beyond raising awareness and take action to equip girls with knowledge, skills, resources and power to determine their own path in life,” She said.