Joy Obiageli Aderele

Almost all African countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, yet there is a marked increase in the incidences and nature of the violation of the rights of children. This is manifested through sexual abuse, trafficking, child labor, early marriage, child prostitution, and the overall neglect of the welfare of children. In Nigeria, the girl-child is most affected; some of them are sexually abused by their fathers, stepfathers, uncles, or even brothers. Some are married off to older men before the age of 15.

In view of the aforementioned, I authored a book titled “Girls’ Talk: What Every Young Woman Needs to Know.” The book teaches pivotal reproductive health education and life skills to the girl-child. The chapters are presented in an easy-to-read manner with real life stories to facilitate learning. There are seven chapters in the book that deals with self discovery, anatomy, and physiology of the girl-child, friendship, physical, social, and psychological needs of the girl-child, her vulnerabilities and her possibilities.

With the $1000 Young Visionaries contest grant, I will publish 1000 copies of the book Girls’ Talk and distribute FREELY to 1000 girls in the grassroots’ schools who can not afford to buy the book.

The book was first published in 2006 and reprinted in 2008. In 2010, it was translated to French for the French-speaking African girls.
There has been positive feedback as to the positive impact the book has made in the lives of all that have read the book.

A complimentary copy would be sent to you at your request.



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