African Youth and Adolescent’s Network (AfriYAN) Ghana has said that Ghana’s culture is still one that is silent on openly discussing sex-related issues in the family, school church, and on the community level.
In Ghana, Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) is a major challenge posing significant risks to young girls and Women, with disturbing effects on their health and mental wellbeing. Despite the interventions over the years that have contributed some progress in enabling safe environments for women and girls, culture still poses as barriers to these young girls voicing their problems.
According to AfriYAN, Ghana still experiences prevalence silence in the reporting of rape, sexual abuse, harassment, and other violent based issues by victims because of the community that abused individuals find themselves in.
This day is to raise awareness of girl child rights and support the creation of more opportunities for girls in Ghana. The celebration and commemoration of this day is an important opportunity to raise awareness of these issues, especially in Ghana.
African Youth and Adolescent‘s Network has joined the global, African and Ghanaian community to celebrate this Year’s day of the girl child with their major focus on Sexual and Gender-based violence against girls in the Ghanaian community.
AfriYAN Ghana in a press release has stated Sunday, October 11, 2020, this year’s international day of the girl child dubbed “My Voice, Our Equal Future”.
In Light of this AfriYan Ghana together with other partners are calling on the general public, media, churches, schools, and other institutions to come on board in the fight against girl child abuse, sexual and gender-based violence and also help in the quest to empower young Ghanaian girls with information and resources to champion the fight against Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV).
This initiative is also looking forward to building a movement of advocates, actors, and change-makers who are survivors, youth advocates, and experts working within the development sector to contribute to efforts to end SGBV in Ghana.
Story by: Grace Efia Ofua Arkoh | universnewsoom.com