News Investigators/ A Social Impact/Development Leader, Tolulope Makinwa, has urged all sectors to invest in empowering the girl child as they are the driving force of any successful nation.
Ms. Makinwa, Founder of Muazu Africa, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on the occasion of 2022 International Day of the Girl Child.
NAN reports that the International Day of the Girl Child is commemorated annually on Oct. 11.
The 2022 International Day of the Girl Child is the 10th edition and had as its theme: “Our time is now: Our rights, our future”.
The theme focuses on investments in girls rights, challenges in fulfilling their potential by concurrent crises of climate change, COVID-19 among others.
According to Makinwa, an alumnus of the School of Politics, Policy and Governance, there should be a focus on promoting lifelong learning and developmental capacities for young women in social development and political leadership.
“Women are more involved in businesses with a social impact than in traditional companies, and as such deserve assistance, protection, and empowerment globally.
“Women-led ventures seem to be more likely to open up new markets and due to their specific sensitivity towards social needs, women social entrepreneurs are notable ‘lead innovators’ when it comes to social innovation.
“Against this background, my team championed the Big Sisters Project tagged `Girls Who Change the World (GWCW)’ with the aim of teaching them how to confidently lead social change both locally and globally.
“In Nigeria, girls resident in Mushin local government area will be provided with psychosocial support and entrepreneurial skills in commemoration of the 2022 International Day of The Girl Child,” she said.
Makinwa, a Mentee at WIMBIZ, Nigeria’s largest gathering of women professionals in management, business, and public service said mobilising girls would reduce vices in the society.
“Makinwa is an emerging voice in the fourth sector where she works at the intersection of social impact, technology and business across Africa for the girl child.
“We have developed a 3-phased framework to ensure that at the end of the GWCW project, the participating girls would have grown in areas of confidence and public speaking.
“And generally improved outlook to life which in turn will give them leverage to commence a social impact initiative,” Makinwa, a graduate of English and International Studies, said.
According to her, Muazu Africa’s mission is deeply entrenched in democratising opportunities for female-led start-ups, providing business support products and services to help impact projects across Africa. (NAN)