Forum held on Rights of Girl Child

clubA community outreach programme aimed at educating the public about the rights of the girl child, has been held by the Girls Empowerment Club of the St. Barnabas Anglican School in Accra.

It was organised by Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF) and Crossroad International, ahead of the ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ celebrated annually to highlight the right of girls.

The objective of the programme was for the girls to go to the various communities, sensitise and encourage parents to protect and respect rights of the girl child.

Ms. Abigail Edem Hunu, Coordinator for the Girls Empowerment Project, said it was time the right of the girl child was respected and honoured by all.

According to her, girls had been forced into early marriage, without taking into consideration its impact on such girls.

“When they are forced into marriage at an early age, they cannot further their education therefore their dreams of becoming a doctor, teacher, lawyer and so on do not come to pass, there are health  implications and other effects,” she said.

She said an enabling environment should be created for girls to strive to attain better status to also contribute meaningfully to the development of the nation.

Ms. Hunu was optimistic that the programme would help parents and other opinion ladies in the communities to appreciate and understand the need to support the girl child to achieve her dreams.

She called on government to provide national shelter for girls who have suffered from rape and cannot stay in their present residence, adding that the law should be enforced to deal with people who abuse the girl child.


By Agnes Opoku Sarpong 







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