Girls' voices from Guinea join the Beijing+20 call
Bringing together children from disadvantaged social groups including the homeless and disabled with the collaboration of UNICEF, discussions ranged from popular perceptions of masculinities and gender, and equal opportunities for boys and girls to education. Amadou Camara, a 9 year-old boy described some of the challenges girls face in pursuing an education, which boys enjoy as a basic right, but is not necessarily treated as such for girls. “In my class, girls always come late, and when we ask them why, they reply that they were doing house chores. Girls should be in school to study. I don’t do house chores,” Camara said.
Participating in the high-profile event was Hadja Idrissa Bah, Guinean Youth parliamentarian, who presented her own perspectives on girls’ rights saying, “children have rights and obligations; we, as children, must show respect to our parents and parents must protect and educate us. A well-educated girl represents the country’s future.” Aïssatou Yansané, a UNESCO Guinean Youth Ambassador also attended the event in support of the campaign, and highlighted the importance of equal opportunities for boys and girls to education. “My fight is for all children without discrimination to have equal opportunities to attend school,” she said.