The Department of Gender under the auspices of the Volta Regional Coordinating Council with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has organised a programme on sexual reproductive health, teenage pregnancy and child marriage for adolescent girls in Ho.
The two-day regional camp which discussed and worked out solutions for the prevention and elimination of human rights abuses brought together over 200 young girls from four districts in the Volta Region.
The districts include Ho Municipality, Adaklu, Ho West and Agortime-Ziope.
Addressing the girls, Ms. Comfort Ablometi, Volta Regional Director, Department of Gender, stressed the need to create conducive environment for adolescent girls to know their rights, noting that teenage pregnancy was on the increase in the region.
That, she said, called for pragmatic efforts to halt the current trend since most of the affected girls dropped out of school every year with pregnancy related cases.
Ms. Ablometi assured that her outfit would continue to help raise awareness and mobilise resources that focus on adolescent reproductive needs.
Madam Vivian Tettevi, Principal Nursing Officer, who took the girls through the disadvantages of teenage pregnancy on the girl child, indicated that a key requirement towards achieving a drop in teenage pregnancy was the empowering of the girl child.
Mr. Daniel Mensah, Principal Investigator, CHRAJ, explained that the girl child had the right to be educated on the health implications of indulging in sex in general at a tender age, as well as engaging in unprotected sex, irrespective of one’s age.
From Kafui Gati, Ho