Written by Edrina EMMANUEL

Helpline Foundation moves to curb rape of female students

To curb the high rate of rape and other social vices amongst students in schools in the Federal Capital Territory, Helpline Foundation for the Needy has hosted no fewer than 150 female secondary students in her second edition of "Girl Realize your Potential 2018 Summit". 

The organisers of the summit said the event was to provide a platform for young girls to realize their potential in a male dominated society. 

Speaking to journalists, founder of the group, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, said the "Girl Realize your Potential Project", is an initiative aimed at bringing young school girls in contact with older women who have braved the odds and challenges posed by the society and become successful in their chosen fields. 

Ahmadu stressed that female students’ need mentorship to avoid pitfalls, noting that the era of ignorance where teenage girls were betrothed have gone. 

"Today's event is very instructive because of the caliber of women that share their experiences with the girls and provide guidance, motivation, emotional support and mentorship to the girls.

“At the end of this summit, they will realized that every girl has the power and potential to transform her life regardless of where she was born, challenges she has faced and those she is currently facing. And with the right environment, the girl child can reach her potentials and rise above all issues," Ahmadu affirmed. 

She called on corporate and humanitarian organizations with interest in the girl-child, top government functionaries from across Nigeria, female innovators, wives of heads of government agencies and parastatals and members of the diplomatic communities to support the initiative. 

Earlier, the guest speaker and director, Human Resource Development of the FCTA, Mrs. Amina Abubakar, charged the students to guard against drug abuse and emulate genuine mentors in society. 

Abubakar, who told participants of her life experience, also enjoined them to be hardworking and dedicated to their studies.

 

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