Why I’m passionate about girl-child rights

By Olaitan Ganiu

Nollywood actress and model Crystabel Goddy has called for the protection of the girl child from any form of molestation.

The delectable actress opened up that she is on a mission to battle and advocate for the rights of girls and women’s development in society.

According to Goddy, her vision is aligned with the fifth goal of the Sustainable Development Goal of United Nations which is ‘Achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls.’

“Having seen the ills that were prevalent (and still is) in the modeling industry where light skin colour and big butts were strict requirements of becoming top models in Nigeria,” she said.

Continuing she said: “I have decided to change this through acting. And this was a major driving factor for taking the role of Idemuza in a multi-award nominated movie, ‘Idemuza’.”

In the movie, Goddy is featured as an orphaned girl, who was given away by her aunt.

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The advocacy film, which was another hit and her second feature movie – followed the success of her debut acting which bagged four nominations at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) in 2018.

On her cause of championing for women development, Goddy said her research shows that society is not paying much attention to the girl child.

“My new film is aimed to pass a strong message to not just the government of the need to address the issues facing the girl child but also to the section of the Nigerian society that believes in that anti-social tradition of not paying attention to the girl child.

“A girl-child is either married off as a child bride or not sent to school and expecting a suitor to show up, isolating the girl child from discovering herself.”

” My relentless passion for change made me engage in constant research on how to further address and fight the cause of the less privileged girls and women and I have realised that the goal of achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls have not yet been reached, this has driven her to go beyond acting but to venture into film production.”

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