Youth Voices

Why the Girl Child?

By Kawsu Fatoumatta Csay Sillah

Poem written by Mam Jarra Njie (Age 10)

They regard us as special,

Yet they abuse us culturally.

We are the slaves of the home,

We cook, clean the house,

And look after children.

We are never given the chance to go to school.

We are used to appease the evil spirits.

We are forced to marry in times of hunger.

But why the girl child and not the boy child?

Parents, you need to change your attitude towards girls.

Give us equal opportunities

And we will prove you wrong.

Parents, if you educate a girl

You educate a nation.

We need our nation to be educated.

We need our nation to be educated.