By Joyce Bedeley:
The Girls Advocacy Alliance Progamme, GAAP has held its end of Quarter Review Meeting at Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region. Explaining the drive behind the programme at the event, Madam Susanna Sabaah – Executive Director of the Child Research and Resources Center CRRECENT disclosed that GAAP seeks to fight against sexual abuses, violence against girls and teenage pregnancy. The meeting, she explained was also to hear the briefing of the leaders in the community who are working with her outfit on the project.
The Executive Director also spelt out that the activities of the project is massive; a situation which has compelled Plan Ghana to support the venture.
‘The project is vast and it gets its support from Plan Ghana and though the project aims at effecting change, it also focuses on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) into which Ghana has tapped,’ she explained.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kofi Acheampong, the District Coordinating Director of the Shai Osudoku district also lauded the organizers of the project and rolled out policies from the assembly to support the project to a success.
The Child Research and Resource Center (CRRECENT) is waging a five-year campaign in some selected districts in the Eastern Region of Ghana to help fight the nagging issue of gender-based related issues.
The project which is being rolled out in the Shai Osudoku, New Juaben and Akuapem North Districts is seeking to build alliances with girls, parents, community leadership, district and municipal leadership and faith based organizations to jointly respond to practices, traditional norms and beliefs which influence the perpetuation of gender-based violence, child early/forced marriage, gender discrimination, sexual violence and teenage pregnancy in the communities that infringe on development and progress of the girl child and young women.
Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence. Yet these deaths represent only the most extreme and irrevocable assaults in a long range of violence faced by adolescent girls on a daily basis, usually at the hands of the people closest to them – caregivers, peers and intimate partners.