UDS Counsellor Urges Stakeholders To Build Confidence Of Girls To Report Abuse

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Alhaji Alhassan Hussein, the Assistant Registrar in-charge of Counselling, University for Development Studies (UDS), has called on stakeholders to build confidence of girls to report incidences of sexual violence.

He said stakeholders should enhance learning and awareness creation for girls to have confidence to report sexual violence without fear.

Alhaji Hussein made the call during a Situational Analysis and Capacity Building Workshop in Tamale for guidance and counselling units to address Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in educational institutions.

The event, which was part of the KASA! Ending Sexual Violence Project, which raises awareness on sexual violence in the north, was organised by the Savannah Women Integrated Development Agency (SWIDA-GH), in partnership with the Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Health Service.

It was to enhance the capacity of counsellors to address challenges and exploit opportunities to promote anti-sexual violence and defend girls exposed to SGBV in educational institutions.

Alhaji Hussein said governing bodies, headteachers, principals, and senior leadership teams should designate safeguarding leads to end sexual violence and harassment amongst students at all levels.

Madam Linda Amoah, an Officer from the Northern Regional Girls Education Unit, said the effects of child sexual abuse could be long–lasting, which affected the victim’s mental health.

Mostly in the communities the perpetrators of girl-child sexual abuse were often related to the victim, she said, and urged traditional leaders and parents to support the victims to report the case to the authorities, rather than covering up due to cultural biases.

Mr Benjamin Asamoah, the Director of Counselling, Tamale Technical University, advised parents to train their children on human rights to make them confident to report sexual violence issues to them (parents).

He said poverty also promoted people’s vulnerabilities to sexual crimes in communities and schools, hence the need to empower parents to provide the needed care for their children.

Madam Khadijah Abdul-Samed, the Project Leader of KASA! Ending Sexual Violence, said the two-year project being implemented by SWIDA –GH, was funded by the African Women’s Development Fund.

It is being implemented in 10 educational institutions within the Tamale Metropolis and the Sagnarigu Municipality to produce 200 female advocates in SGBV,.

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