By The World Satellite.
The Founder and Executive Director of Spring of Hope for the Girl Child Development Initiative (SHoGDI); Mimidoo Uhundu Williams has prayed for the greatest love of God to abide in the hearts of our leaders and citizens while tasking them to think Nigeria first so as to make decisions that will promote peace and development and shun all forms of racial and class discriminations.
The Ex-Beauty Queen; Mimidoo made this known while reflecting on the February 14 yearly world’s day of love during when a certain Valentine, purported to have died for love, is remembered and celebrated.
“Every February 14, people across the world exchange candy, flowers and gifts with their loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. It is considered to be the best day to express your love and care for your special one or even express your feelings to the one you love”, remarked Mimi.
While describing Valentine ’s Day as a memorial, which should not just end in a one day show of love to someone, but an everyday ritual, Miss Williams enthused that spreading love shouldn’t be a one-day thing, rather a habit.
“Valentine, dating back to history is all about love, so everything about it would revolve around love both to the less privileged and those who feel less loved; everyone needs love not only the less privileged”.
Based on the above, the passionate advocate for the promotion of girl’s empowerment and fulfilment of their human rights highlighted the challenges that girls all over the world especially in Africa face and expressed her desire to continue to use her organization (SHoGDI) together with other stakeholders to celebrate and work with girls to amplify their voices and stand up for their rights, eliminate the economic exploitation of child labour and protect young girls at work.
According to her, she intends to achieve this through promoting girls’ awareness of and participation in social, economic and political life in addition to strengthening the role of the family in improving the status of girls.
“Our plans towards Girl-Child Advocacy Campaigns involve the media, Religious Leaders, Proprietors of Schools, Parents and care givers to sustain efforts at sensitizing the public and creating awareness on the rights of the girl-child so as to eschew violence and discrimination of any sort”, she explained.
Furthermore, Miss Mimidoo recalled The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which has been described as the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing the rights of not only women but girls, and called for a world where every girl and woman can realize all her rights, such as to live free from violence, to attend and complete school, to choose when and whom she marries, and to earn equal pay for equal work.
“No doubt, the progress since the Beijing Declaration is remarkable, but girls around the world – especially those living in rural areas or humanitarian settings and those with disabilities – still need us to stand with them to achieve their full potential.
“Therefore, our Girl-Child Advocacy Campaigns will consolidate on the merits of the Beijing Declaration to continue to equip girls with the power, knowledge and space to continue to voice their passions and concerns, Mimidoo advocated.