Category: *Plight of the Child-Awareness

The Girl Child

A poem in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child celebrated on 11th October 2016.

What this day means
It is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of the Girl and the International Day of the Girl. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl. The observation supports more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. This inequality includes areas such as right to education/access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women and unfree child marriage.

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Poem: The Girl Child

What are little girls made of?
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice and all that’s
nice. That’s what little girls are made of.

“All that’s nice” within is a truth for every
little girl born innocent and pure, but for
some it lasts not as they grow up
too fast and survival is a feat with no
time to be childlike and sweet.

“All that’s nice” within is only a dream if
you sleep on the streets and daily beg for rice,
forced to stay home, working in fields
while little boys are taught in schools and
deemed superior from the start.

“All that’s nice” within is foreign to some in a
cruel world where some little girls are raped,
assaulted and become child brides as young
as ten at times sold by parents to
decrepit old men.

All that’s nice within for some was once a
truth that became a lie, a right that became
a wrong when life dealt a tragic blow.
What appeared nice, even within became
hollow and full of lies.

A people have been raised,
their searchlight on the lookout to
highlight every girl child’s plight.
They pay a price to make a difference so
a little girl can arise to fulfil her purpose,
and to stay full of Sugar, Spice and all
that’s nice.

©Deborah E.Nyamekye 11/10/2016

 

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