Up the advocacy to protect girl-child

Kumasi The Kumasi Metropolitan Girl-Child Coordinator, Mrs. Vida Owusu, has asked civil society groups and NGOs, working to promote the welfare of children, to up their advocacy for strong enforcement of child protection laws.

She indicated that weak implementation of child protection policies and legal regimes had largely rendered these ineffectual.

The result had been the growing reported cases of abuses, especially of the girl-child in the society.

Mrs. Owusu was speaking at a ceremony to mark this year’s international women’s day in Kumasi.

The event was organised by the Defence for Children International Ghana, (DCI-Ghana), a child right advocacy group, and brought together girls and young women from across the city.

It provided the platform to sensitize them on their rights and to inspire them to focus on their education.

Mrs. Owusu encouraged school authorities to prioritize the needs of the girl-child and to go the extra mile to make the school environment friendly to them.

They should do everything to assist them to have self-belief and to become more assertive – bold to stand up against abuse and discrimination.

She counselled them to avoid doing anything likely to ruin their future.

Dr. George Oppong, the Executive Secretary of DCI-Ghana, said his organization would continue to work with passion protect women and girls in the society.

Source: Ghana News Agency