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We’re formulating policies to protect the girl child-FG

As part of the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC), the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, says it is formulating policies to protect the girl child and ensure gender equality in the country.

At a workshop organized by an international organisation, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation AHF, in Abuja, the minister of women affairs Dame Pauline Tallin, who was represented by an official in the Child Development department, Mr Adekunle Balogun-Ashry assured Nigerians that the ministry is at the final stage of the gender policy review, which would soon be presented to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval.

Also speaking, the Director of Advocacy, Policy and Marketing, AHF Africa, Kemi Gbadamosi, stressed the need for Girls to focus on digitalisation and technology to enable them to break boundaries and barriers to make difference in the world.

According to her, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, popularly known as STEM, has very few women and girls in the sector.

On the issue of HIV Aids, she affirmed that the Foundation has been doing its best to ensure HIV positive girls are adequately taken care of, adding that Nigeria has more women that are infected with HIV than men as a result of rape, violence, molestation, unhygienic practices, among others.

Reporting by Sarah Gimba; Editing by Daniel Adejo