June 23, 2021 4:25 pm

The Department for Gender with support from UNFPA and Canada has organized a mentorship forum for over 50 adolescent girls from the Old Ningo in the Ningo Prampram district in the Greater Accra Region. The program was organized to educate adolescent girls on their reproductive health rights, GBV and Gender Equality. The Director for Gender Mrs. Matilda Banfro in a brief statement to open the program indicated that adolescence is a time between childhood and adulthood adding that many changes occur between these periods.

Giving some statistics, Mrs. Banfro said One in Three girls in developing countries is married by the time she is 18, and one in nine is married by the age of 15. According to her, millions of girls undergo Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting every year whiles Millions more live in conflict settings that increase their risk of gender-based violence. She insisted that young people have the right to lead healthy lives and society has the responsibility to provide them with comprehensive knowledge and education they require to make healthy and live long decisions.

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection with support from the UNFPA is therefore organizing this mentorship programme for selected adolescent girls to ensure that they are socially empowered to live lives free from violence and discrimination she noted.

The Director of health in the Ningo Prampram district in a presentation disclosed that more than 31% of Ghana’s population is youthful and therefore it is very important for stakeholders to target this population with the needed programs, interventions and support systems. The program was attended by the Municipal Chief Executive, Representatives from the UNFPA and seasoned resource persons.