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More sensitisation can save girls from sexual abuse, unsafe abortion-IWEN Ghana


Date: Sunday June 2, 2019, 12:04 pm


By: WatchGhana.Com


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Mrs Celestina Andoh, Exectuve Secretary of IWEN
The Executive Secretary of Indigenous Women Empowerment Network (IWEN Ghana), Madam Celestina Andoh has observed that most adolescent girls who fall victims of sexual abuse, unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion could insulate themselves from such challenges if provided with intensive awareness, the right information, knowledge, skills and services.
 
She indicated that the vulnerability of many adolescent girls to unplanned pregnancies and other reproductive health challenges was as a result of many factors including poor socio-economic status, ignorance and inaccessibility of reproductive health information and services. 


Madam Andoh in an interview with WatchGhana.Com at the 2019 International Day of Action for Women’s Health in Accra highlighted some obstacles and stigma women face in accessing safe abortion services.

The Executive Secretary noted that “one of the challenges that should be addressed in our attempt to harness the potentials of our young girls is adolescent pregnancy which continues to undermine the quest for women's empowerment in higher education and career development. The urgency that is required in combating adolescent pregnancy in Ghana is consistent with efforts towards achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda within the Sustainable Development Goals framework, specifically, with respect to SDG 3 on Good Health and Well Being and SDG 5 regarding Achieving Gender Equality and Empowerment of all Women and Girls”.
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Mrs Andoh said currently, the increasing number of adolescent pregnancies, and their negative impacts on the health and socio-economic well-being of the youth, especially adolescent girls, call for an effective and well-structured collaboration between state, non- state institutions and all other relevant stakeholders to reduce the incidence of unintended pregnancies and childbearing. Mrs Andoh revealed that her organization, will soon launch a five year project with its partner Global Media Foundation dubbed: Girls' Empowerment and Livelihood (GEL) project which will be implemented in 10 districts in five regions of Ghana. The project goal is to ensure that “all adolescents are fully empowered to prevent early and unplanned pregnancies”.
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The Programme Officer of IWEN, Madam Angela Essel, said the adolescent reproductive health environment is dynamic with new and emerging dimensions always requiring different approaches to address. Madam Essel said the usual way of addressing the problem will not give the needed results and therefore regular institutional capacity-building programmes should be explored to fully equip personnel involved in the implementation of adolescent reproductive health programmes to be in tune with current developments in the field. Besides, the technological space should be keenly monitored and used properly.  

Source: WatchGhana.Com

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