Human Resource Managers for all the 14 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Western Region are undergoing a training on “Protection from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH)” at Fijai in the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipality.
It is under the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Joint Programme on “Empowering adolescent girls”, and being implemented by the Western Regional Co-ordinating Council (WRCC) since 2019.
The Western Regional Co-ordinating Director, Mr Frederick Agyemang, in an address, said the region had been implementing the programme through some regional departments and agencies such as the Ghana Health Service, Department of Gender, Children and Social Protection, National Youth Authority and the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service.
He said the region was chosen after an assessment indicated high proportion of adolescent pregnancy and sexual and reproductive health challenges recorded from the region in National Surveys in 2014 and 2017.
He said two persons were invited to participate in a training on “Protection from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH)” to ensure that Implementing Partners understood fully the No Tolerance Policy of the United Nations (UN) and its Partners.
Mr Agyemang said the team from the WRCC specifically targeted Human Resource Managers from all the fourteen MMDAs to lead the process in their various assemblies.
He said the training would equip the participants to go back to their various assemblies to train other personnel in their offices or departments.
He told the participants that issues of sexual harassment was a silent struggle in the offices, so they needed to work pragmatically to prevent and address adequately this menace.
Miss Maribel Okine, the Regional Director of the Department of Gender, took the participants through Sexual Violence against women and girls, the risk factors and consequences and the Protection from Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH).
Mr Opoku Boateng at the Human Resource office of the WRCC spoke on the No Means No Programme and Michael Abayete spoke on PSEA Online Mandatory Training Certificate.
FROM PETER GBAMBILA, TAKORADI