Congo: Minister urges promotion of girls’ education in Congo

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congo's Minister for Women Promotion and Integration in Development, Catherine Embondza Lipiti has appealed to different stakeholders in the country to promote and protect the rights of girls, particularly with regard to education.

Despite the important progress made in improving girls' access to education and keeping them at school during the past 20 years, many disadvantaged girls still do not benefit from this fundamental right, she said Saturday as Congo observed International Day of the Girl Child.

"In our societies, when a woman is educated at least up to elementary level, this positively reflects on the social and economic life of the household and the family. This is also an advantage to the society and to the economy of the country," the minister observed.

Established in 2011 by the UN General Assembly, the International Day of the Girl Child aims at reminding decision makers to recognize the rights of girls and the obstacles they face.

According to the minister, education as a base for human development is recognized by all as a human right and is an essential tool to attain the objectives of equality, development and peace.

"Despite the existence of the convention related to the rights of children and that of the elimination of all forms of discrimination towards women, girls are victims of violence and abuse within the family and at school in many parts of the world," she said.

Embondza Lipiti added that celebration of the International Day was an opportunity to sensitize national and international opinion on the precarious situation of the young girl and the need to recognize that her rights are inalienable and that they form part of human rights.

PANA reports that several studies done in Congo regarding juvenile fertility show that teenage pregnancy is rampant in the country, particularly in the rural areas.

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12 october 2014 10:31:21

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