‘Educate mothers on discrimination against girl-child’

Speakers at a forum have suggested the empowerment of mothers on issues of discrimination against the girl-child through education.

That, according to them, would help reduce or solve the issues related to discrimination against the girl-child as mothers spent more time with children.

The forum was organised by the Mother of All Nations Foundation in collaboration with the Development Communication Student Association (DEVCOMSA) of the African University College of Communication (AUCC).

It formed part of activities to mark the celebration of the International Day of the Girl-Child, yesterday, in Accra, which is an international observance day declared by the United Nations on the theme: “Our time is now: our right, our future.”

In attendance were lecturers, students, members of the foundation and students from a basic school at Adabraka.

Apart from empowering the mothers, other key suggestions made by the speakers include the contribution to girl-child education and helping the girl child to stand up for themselves.

The founder of Mother of All Nations Foundation, Mrs Sana Kpante, explained that there was the need to support mothers in the education of the girl-child.

However, she explained that mothers sometimes found it difficult to do so due to poverty, adding “in the poor families, these issues are very hard because mothers are thinking of how to feed their children, so the children rather tend to advise the mothers.”

The Project Director of the Foundation, Mr Ishaq Abubakar, asked young girls not to totally depend on other people for help, but to empower themselves by learning a trade for sustainability.

The Dean of the Kojo Yanka School of Communication (KYSC), Dr Jim Fara Awindor, bemoaned the lack of investment in the girl-child in order to bridge the gap between male and female.

Dr Awindor said the key to addressing the issue of discrimination against the girl-child was through empowerment in order for them to have high level of self-confidence.

A lecturer at AUCC, Ms Mona Lisa Armah, cautioned the girl-child on their engagement on social media as it could expose them to negative behaviour that could affect them in their development into womanhood.


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