The main theme of the Girl Summit 2018 was 'Advancing Girls' Voices and Rights with the focus on ending child marriage, ending gender-based violence and promoting girls education. The goal of the Girl Summit was to mobilize girls' voices across Nigeria and strengthen the girls' movement to champion advocacy on these issues through presentations, panel discussions, questions and answers, and demanding Nigerian Political Parties to articulate their manifestos and what it presents for girls in the upcoming 2019 Nigerian General Elections. The girls displayed their passion to hold the politicians accountable and responsible for delivering on their promises to advance girls' rights if elected into power.
Remarkable presentations were delivered by Girls Voices Girl Leaders on the thematic issues; ending child marriage, ending gender-based violence and promoting girls education. Head of CNN Africa, Ms. Stephanie Busari, delivered a presentation entitled, 'Spotlighting Girls’ Voices and Rights through the Media: Opportunities and Challenges'. The panel session on, 'Taking Action in cases of Gender-Based Violence' featured speakers from the gender unit of the Nigerian Police, the state chairperson for the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), and CSO representations from the Sexual Offences Awareness & Victims Rehabilitation (SOAR) Initiative and Girls Voices Initiative.
The Daughter of Nigeria's Vice President, Miss Kiki Osinbajo, delivered the keynote and shared her journey to fulfilling her passion as a girl and inspired Nigeria's girls to prioritize their education and always strive to do what makes them happy and fulfilled in life. And the Executive Director of Education as a Vaccine (EVA) Nigeria, Ms. Buky Williams, delivered a presentation entitled. 'My Body, My Rights: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Adolescent Girls'. The girls engaged actively through the entire event and the team of girls on the communique team contributed to the development of the Communique of the Girl Summit 2018.