Group To Empower 1million Girls In Kano, Benin
By Yakubu Salisu A,Kano
In a bid to address challenges faced by girl-child in Nigeria, a group known as Girls Connect on Tuesday, launched a campaign in kano with sole aim of empowering 1 million girls across Kano and Benin city.
Deputy Council Director (DCD), Girl Effect Girls Connect Hadeeza Haruna Usie said it is an innovative IVR (interactive voice response) designed as a mobile service for girls to be able to empower themselves through a developed unique service that enables them to listen to pre-recorded stories via their mobile phones before connecting to a specially trained role model to answer questions that concerns them.
According to her girls connect is in partnership with ISON group and 9 mobiles in ensuring that the concept would give the girls the opportunities to practice what they learnt from stories and conversations they had with the role models for them to open bank accounts and enroll in apprenticeships that will lead them to start their own business.
“ Our pre- recorded stories include inspiring stories, entertaining and educational lessons about growing up”
“ through such stories, the girl-child is able to address issues such as health, education, economic empowerment and safety”
Founder and Chairman ISON Group Ramesh Awtaney, said human beings live on hope and that through girls connect IVR service, girls in Nigeria have access to a key platform free of cost where their quest is answered and their faith reinstated to live lives powerfully.
Boye Olusanya, CEO 9 mobile state that 9 mobile is passionate about empowering the youth to succeed in life and committed to equipping them with all they could, for the success of the initiative.
The Honorable Commissioner, Kano state Ministry of Women Affairs and social development, Hajiya Yar-Dada Maikano said, the state government accord special attention to the women in the state as it has embarked on different empowerment programs and issues such as education, health, shelter, economy etc relating to the girl child and women are adequately taken care of by the Abdullahi Umar Ganduje‘s administration.
The Emire of Kano Alh. Sanusi II represented by the Chiroman Kano Nasiro Ado Bayero said the well being of the girl child and women in general, has been a major priority to the emirate and that any initiative geared towards the betterment of their lives is highly welcomed by the emir and that the Emirate is ready to support the group to achieve its goals in the state.
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