GENDER DEPARTMENT ORGANIZES DIALOGUE SESSIONS FOR TRADITIONAL AUTHORITIES, RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND ASSEMBLY MEMBERS
The Department of Gender engaged eighty (80) participants consisting of thirty –five (35) women and forty-five males (45) to discuss ways and strategies to end teenage pregnancy, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and Harmful Practices (HP) in their various communities. The participants were drawn from the traditional council, churches, Muslim groups and the Assemblies etc.
Facilitators took participants through the:
- Gender and gender concepts
- Human rights and harmful traditional practices
- Sexual and Gender based violence, its laws and effects
- Teenage pregnancy, causes and its effects
- To educate participants on SGBV, teenage pregnancy and harmful traditional practices and their consequences.
- To equip them with knowledge on the laws in Ghana against child marriage and other harmful traditional practices
- Solicit the support of traditional authorities, religious leaders and assembly members to use their position in society to educate their subjects, congregants etc on teenage pregnancy, SGBV.
- 80 traditional rulers, religious leaders and Assembly men equipped with knowledge on the prevalence of teenage pregnancy in the region, its associated impacts and the root causes of SGBV as well as preventive measures.
- Participants knowledge were enhanced on the various laws and the legal backing on SGBV and the supremacy of the 1992 constitution above all traditional and religious practices
- Participants pledged to educate their followers and use their leadership roles and governance structures to end child marriage.