Students appealed for enforcement of SGBV laws

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The participants at the training on sexual violence in Tamale
The participants at the training on sexual violence in Tamale

Ms Seidu Amatu, A Student from Ahbariya Senior High School appealed to Stakeholders to support government to enforce the laws of fighting against sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) in the country.

She noted that mostly, the perpetrators of girl child sexual abuse were often not been punished by the authorities in charges of these cases due to traditional leaders and politician’s intervention to free them.

Ms Amatu made the appeal in Tamale during refresher training of Girls Leaders in the Institutions on Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV).

The programme was part of the KASA! Ending Sexual Violence Project was organised by Savannah Women Integrated Development Agency (SWIDA-GH) in partner with Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Health Service was to build the capacity of Girls confirmed to fight against sexual violence in both institutions and communities.

She indicated stakeholders should plays a critical role in responding to and creating access to justice for women and girls who have suffered sexual and gender-based violence in the country.

Ms Amatu stated that the rising number of victims of sexual and gender-based violence in the country requires a systematic approach to address these cases.

According to her, there should be effectively enforce laws which would protect women and girls from sexual and gender-based violence and also to hold the perpetrators to accountable for their actions.

Hajia Alima Sagito-Saeed, the Executive Director of SWIDA advised the girls to also use social media to create more awareness on ending SGBV in their communities.

She said the use of social media to spread awareness about sexual harassment is one of the important tools which can help people become more knowledgeable about the topic.

She added that social media to awareness creation assist victims of sexual harassment feel comfortable in reporting their situation and lead to the prevention of sexual harassment.

Madam Khadijah Abdul-Samed, the Project Leader of KASA! Ending Sexual Violence stated that the two years Project implemented by SWIDA –GH started this year was funded by African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF).

The project is being implemented in ten educational institutions within within Sagnarigu and Tamale Metro

The project was aimed was to produced 200 female advocates in Sexual Gender Basic Violence SGBV.

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