FREE OUR GIRLS

This is the new millennium and in 2014 it is disheartening to realize the huge amount of violence and subterfuge bondage that girls go through. I am alarmed and deeply enraged about the plight of more than 200 girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria while attending school. These series of systemic violence is perpetrated across the globe from Africa to the Middle East, Europe, Asia and rather unfortunate in the United States.

As the calls for Boko Haram to free our girls continues in Nigeria and the tacit ineffectiveness of the Nigeria Government to free the abducted girls. It is imperative for us to reflect on the plight of all girls and women across the globe. My attention would be drawn to the US where I practice, and while we might want to numb our awareness to the egregious devastation and challenges children, teenage girls and women go through in the US, I believe there is a growing plague that must be urgently addressed. Recently, in the US the FBI reportedly rescued more than 100 girls in several sting operations due to prostitutions and other activities.  Also, there are lots of uneducated adolescent girls who are experimenting and addicted to substances, poorly educated, traumatized, and more tragic are the rape of women and girls at institutions such as Colleges and in the Military.

To free our girls, the community must be aware of the significant issues that impact girls especially teenagers; I would most argue for free and accessible education, strengthening the family, equal pay for women, job training opportunities, access to healthcare including birth control options, mental health, supportive work environment for children and mothers, and most importantly to address other core issues of poverty.

 

Submitted by,

Martins Adeoye, MD

Board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

References:

www.cbsnews.com/…/boko-haram-leader-mocks-campaign-to

www.fbi.gov › … › Press Releases http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/105-juveniles-recovered-in-nationwide-operation-targeting-underage-prostitution

 

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