She made the call on Sunday during an interactive session with pupils and some out-of-school girls preparatory to the 2022 International Day of the Girl-Child under the State of Nigerian Girls Summit (SONGS).
The SONGS billed to hold in Abuja on Oct. 11, would featured a representative from Sokoto State.
It is designed to raise awareness on the plight of girls around the world and chart ways to empower them towards protection of their rights.
Shehu underscored the importance of girl’s education, being mothers and leaders of tomorrow, noting that for them to attain brighter future they should disregard all forms of challenges.
She said the participants had been engaged in discussing individual and group challenges, to chart possible ways to proffer solutions.
According to her, girls are being sensitised in career choices, skills acquisition, body and environmental hygiene, health talk and other issues for their overall development.
”We focus on girls development, their rights in the society, and to promote their inclusion in decision making process, education pursuit and improved roles in the society.
”Participants are expected to step down the knowledge acquired to thier peers, students and other members of the community,” she said.
She added that the participants comprised physically challenged persons, pupils and out-of-school girls.
The lecturer noted that rural areas had been targeted for awareness creation, to encourage the enrollment of the girl-child in schools.
She said educating adolescent girls would eliminate gender inequality, and advocated for increased investment in girls’ science and technical education.
She said effective empowerment of girls in rural areas would expose them to knowledge of their fundamental rights and issues of Gender Based Violence (GBV).
“The opportunity is to bring the communities to fore, to present them to the government and other policy makers as well as development partners to assist the girl- child.
“This is part of the ways to protect girls, assist them to go to school, learn crafts, among others,’’ she said.
Some of the participants, Balkisu Muhammad and Sabira Abubakar, commended the training, adding that it availed them opportunity to learn more about live challenges and solutions to them.
“We learnt about the importance of education, career development, types of GBV, hygiene and other issues that are beneficial to our lives, ” Sabira Abubakar said.