TRAINING OF TWO (2) GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN’S GROUP IN THE BOSOME FREHO DISTRICT

Introduction

The SHE Leads initiative is still being carried out in the Bosome Freho District by Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG), with financing provided by Defence for Children International Netherlands and ECAPT Netherlands through the Defense for Children International Ghana Chapter.

In Asiwa and Bobiam in the Bosome Freho District, fourty (40) Girls and Young Women (GYW) took part in the training. 

The GYW received training on methods to avoid teenage pregnancy, and transaction sex, sexual harassment, child marriage, and forced marriage, among other things.

They were also told the importance of working hard to protect their future welfare through instruction in positive attitudes, confidence-building techniques, life planning skills, personal hygiene, and continue to gather in their designated safe space corridor to discuss matters that concern them. The following rules and regulations were introduced by the Ghanaian government to safeguard and advance the empowerment of GYWs, and they were urged to study them.

  1. Children’s Act 1998, Act 560
  2. Domestic Violence Act 2007, Act 732
  3. Return to school policy
  4. National Youth Policy
  5. Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy

Emerging issues

The Girls emphasized that they desperately needed money to buy sanitary towels for their monthly periods. This was their main concern. Others were the cost of repairing sewing machines and hair dryers as well as a stipend for daily living expenses, money to open a business after completing their apprenticeship. Some of them clarified that once their parents and legal guardians pay for them to pursue a skill, they are not concerned about the accessories they might need during the apprenticeship program, such as textiles to learn clothing design.

Way forward

They emphasized the need for themselves to take charge of their bodies by abstaining from sexual activity or using birth control to avoid unintended pregnancies.

Conclusion

At the conclusion of the training, the GYW reaffirmed their belief that education, knowledge, skills, training, and a positive attitude will help them attain a decent level of economic independence as well as plans for their own personal growth as adults.

 

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