Dr. Adriana Biney, a lecturer at the Regional Institute for Population Studies of the University of Ghana, has advocated for mainstreaming comprehensive sex education into the educational system.
She is calling for more emphasis on the subject of sex and sexuality in our Educational system, rather than the little talks about it as part of other major subjects.
She was speaking on the lines of this year’s World Population Day Celebration which focused on the role of Women’s Interests in Population Matters and Concepts of Sexual and Reproductive health, Reproductive rights and Women Empowerment.
Dr. Biney stated that a conscious effort should be made to reform certain aspects of the Ghanaian culture that promote male dominance in order to promote gender balance and women empowerment.
“Just empowering women, giving them more opportunities, affirmative action, instilling in women the fact that they can do more is not enough.
Changes in certain aspects of our culture and the way we run our society can go a long way to make women feel as entitled as men.”
As part of the celebration which is to help women become aware that they are responsible for their reproductive wellbeing and how they contribute to the country’s population, there have been calls for the decriminalization of abortion.
Further speaking on reproductive health rights, Dr. Adriana suggested that unwanted pregnancy should be curbed rather than legalizing abortion in a bid to make reproductive rights accessible.
“Decriminalizing abortion does not necessarily mean that the stigma associated with induced abortion will go away. There are a lot of women who will still choose unsafe abortion due to the stigma. So I think the best thing is ensuring that unwanted pregnancies are prevented by using contraceptives.”
Addressing the focus areas of this year’s World Population Day on our morning show campus exclusive, Dr. Fidelia Dake also lauded the existence of the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program in the country’s educational system and further encouraged females to take part in this initiative to bridge the gender inequality gap.
“We have had quite a number of successes over the years but we can still do more. One of the areas we have done well is in the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program; trying to encourage girls to go into STEM programs. But we can still do a lot more to encourage women to go into areas that have been typically male-dominated,”
Dr. Dake, again, acknowledged the effort that has been channeled into girl child education but encouraged that more should be done to help women attain higher levels in education to change the narrative of gender inequality.
“With regards to gender inequality, first we need to make sure that women are equipped in terms of the levels of education. We are at par when it comes to the lower levels of education that is junior and senior high schools but as people progress to the tertiary level, it becomes a bit difficult for women to break the barriers.”
Story by: Joylyne Oko-Martei|universnewsroom.com