Women Aspire Network (WAN), a non-governmental organization (NGO) led by young women, has empowered 300 adolescent girls through the She-Leads project in the central region.
The “She Leads Project” is a strategic partnership between Terre des Hommes, Plan International, Defense for Children, African Women’s Development and Communication Network with funding from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The five-year project is aimed at young women between the ages of 10 and 30 to support and empower them to actively participate in decision-making at family, community, regional and national levels.
Ms. Angela Nhyira Kwabi, Project Officer for WAN, at a one-day community forum at Elmina Iyisa in the Municipality of Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) called on parents and families, chiefs traditional and religious to promote positive gender norms to increase the citizenship of spaces for girls and young women.
The pledge was part of the 16 Days Activism Campaign Against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) where WAN raises awareness among the public and especially girls to be bold and assertive and empowered to say ‘NO’ to violence against them. .
It’s on the theme: “End gender-based violence against children and girls now”.
Ms Kwabi said the violence girls and women experience has hindered their progress and her organization is looking for appropriate solutions to address them.
She highlighted the need to create an enabling environment for them to actively participate in leadership and decision-making at family, school, community, sub-national and national levels.
Ms. Olivia Abeka, Girl Child Officer of KEEA, Municipal Directorate of Ghana Education Service (GES), tasked the company with motivating and encouraging young pregnant girls and nursing mothers to continue their education, whatever whatever challenges they face.
She pleaded with men to always give women the necessary support in all aspects of life as this will motivate them to achieve their goals.
Mrs. Abeka asked the women not to be intimidated but to be studious and improve themselves for a better standard of living.
The girls’ leader told the parents to be friends with their wards and teach them about the core values and culture of the country and the issues regarding their growth so that they can appreciate the challenges of teenagers and consult parents in if needed.
She stressed the importance of education and urged them to make the education of their wards a top priority.
Mrs. Lawrencia Ethie Essien, beneficiary and intern of WAN advised parents to refrain from blaming pregnant teenage girls but to support and help them during these difficult times so that they can easily integrate into society after the pregnancy. childbirth.