Cape Coast, Jan.12,
GNA - International Needs Ghana (INGH), has scaled up efforts in their child
rights interventions to empower 1,200 out- of- school girls in the
Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipality and Cape Coast Metropolis.
The 15 months project
titled "Promoting Adolescent Girls' Safe Spaces” (PASS), is a partnership
with UNFPA/UNICEF under the "Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End
Child Marriage" with INGH, a Christian Development local NGO dedicated to
transforming lives and changing communities, as the implementing partner.
communities for the Project are Amissakyir, Amanful, Ekon, Bakaano, Abura,
Apewosika, Elmina, Kissi, Agona, Komenda, Dominase, Ntranoa, and Ayensudo in
the Central Region of Ghana.
The project seeks to
contribute to girls fully enjoying their childhood free from risk of marriage;
experience healthier, safer and more empowered life transitions and be in
control of their own destiny, including making choices and decisions about
their sexuality, relationship formation, marriage and child bearing.
The programme is also
being implemented in 12 countries worldwide including Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.
stakeholders to solicit their input into effective implementation of the
initiative, Ms Vera Elikem Awuye, Programmes Officer INGH, expressed their
readiness to reach out to marginalized children to reduce the menace of child
marriage and other adolescent protection violations.
She said INGH would
provide a minimum of 31 contact hours to the 1200 girls on various adolescent
issues including Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Adolescent Sexual and
Reproductive Health and Rights among others.
This will be done
through regular meetings with adolescent girls, guidance and counselling,
mentorship, coaching, and education to provide the platform for girls to feel
confident and enjoy the freedom to express themselves without shame or fear of
She said when
children are empowered with knowledge they are able to make more informed and
positive life choices.
Mrs Thywill Eyram
Ekpe, Regional Director, Department of Gender, called for all to act together
to stop child marriages, sexual and gender-based violence and teenage pregnancy
across the region.
She advocated for the
operationalization of the domestic violence fund (DVF) to provide support for
She said the issue of domestic violence was
still prevalent in the country and the fund when put into effect would help
provide free medical care for victims.
“The issues of
domestic violence are becoming alarming and needed the urgent attention of
government and stakeholders to deal with the problem,” she said.
The Regional Gender
focal person said it was also important for shelter homes to be provided in all
the regions to protect and provide domestic violence victims the needed support
for those who may have to relocate after such cases to avoid future
She said women and
children especially girls were being violated on daily basis, a situation she
added, needed the urgent attention of government with massive infrastructural
and financial commitment to remedy the situation.
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