Accra, Feb. 27, GNA – The Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF), on Tuesday inaugurated a girl’s empowerment club at the Kokrobite Municipal Assembly Basic School in the Ga South constituency.
The girl’s empowerment initiative, sponsored by Crossroads International, seeks to empower girls with knowledge on their rights, domestic violence, gender based violence, peer counselling and the human anatomy with a focus on sexual abuses.
Ms Abigail Edem Hunu, The Programmes Officer, WiLDAF, said sexual abuse and violence in Ghanaian schools were increasing while abuses of children including defilement cases are also on the rise.
The club would facilitate discussions on adolescent sexual reproductive health, healthy relationships, life and leadership skills to help them fight against gender based violence in schools and communities, she said.
Ms Hunu said the girls with the introduction of the clubs would effectively engage the community about their rights and with the aid of the child protection committee being formed, they would be also able to educate their peers.
She said parents as well as the community need to understand that these girls have rights and that it is not enough to give birth to a child and take her to school but their holistic development is needed as well.
Ms Hunu said parents form an integral part of the whole process and would therefore use the Parent Teachers Association to educate them on the rights and the various forms of violence that children undergo.
Ms Anita Gyefour, the Headmistress of Kokrobite M. A. Basic School, expressed gratitude to WiLDAF and its partners for the initiative, adding that the club has brought a positive message to the girls.
Parents must know it is an investment they are making in the lives of their children hence the need to attend to their duty, she said.
Ms Gyefour said it is the right of children to have good education, good health as well as shelter and urged parents to be responsible and provide these necessities.
The girls club has branches in Wegbe Kpalime in the Volta Region, Nkran Nkresi and Kyinaso in the Central Region, Osu Presbyterian Preparatory, LEKMA 10 & 12 Basic School and St Barnabas Anglican School in the Greater Accra Region.