The Support of Girl Children as an MP

The International Day of the Girl Child, as recognized by the United Nations occurs each year on the 11th of October. It focuses attention on the need to address the unique challenges that girls face around the world. This special occasion promotes the empowerment of young women internationally. It also serves in the fulfillment of their human rights.

Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life. This is not only during their formative years, but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during their adolescent years, girls have the potential and the power to change the world.

A Father First then a Member of Parliament

I am blessed with the opportunity to be the father of three remarkable daughters. When my eldest arrived, I instantly understood the importance of the task I had to undertake.

As a father, it was my responsibility to nurture each of them into independent and exemplary young women. Fostering strength, principles and values they can always carry despite it being “a man’s world”. Growing up I was the only young man in a house filled with women. Their significance and importance to society, was embedded in me quite early.

As interpreted by the United Nations view on Gender Equality, only by ensuring the rights of women and girls will we get to justice and inclusion, economies that work for all, and sustaining our shared environment now and for future generations. Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is a basic human right. On the grander scale it also has a multiplier effect across all other development areas.

As we acknowledge and celebrate this day with the rest of the world, as your Member of Parliament, I encourage you to value your girl children, but even more so, the women in your life.

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