The Country Director of the Hunger Project Ghana, Mr Samuel Erasmus Afrane has charged the society, especially parents to invest towards the advancement of the girl child to aid reduce societal burden.
Speaking at the Celebration of the “International Day of the Girl Child” at Akode located within the Akuapem North District in the Eastern Region of Ghana on Wednesday, 11th October, 2017, Mr. Afrane asked parents to give twice to the girl child, whatever the boy child deserves.
The International Day of the Girl Child is an international fulfillment day declared by the United Nations. The Observation which commenced on 11th October, 2012 supports more opportunity for girls and increase awareness of gender inequality faced by many girls across the globe. This inequality includes right and access to education, nutrition, legal rights, protection from discrimination, violence against women and early child marriages.
The Hunger Project Ghana under the “Her Choice Program” marked this remarkable day at Akode in the Eastern region of Ghana to echo the successful rise of girls and young women as contributors and stakeholders to national development. The Eastern Regional Coordinator of the Girl Child Education Unit under the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mrs. Cynthia Anim stated that, gender in-equality will be a thing of the past, if all stakeholders will join the fight to make the girl child a better individual. She insisted that the society must accept the girl child and the woman as a contributor to national development. “The world will continue to wallow in poverty, if the progression and interest of the girl child is deserted,” she added.
Also speaking at the event, the Eastern Regional Program Officer of the Gender Department, Mrs. Ama Nyantah Boateng pleaded with chiefs and traditional authorities to be instructive and firm when dealing with violent related cases against women. Mrs. Nyantah Boateng asked the community to also re-orient itself on customary observations that impede the progress of the girl child and women.
The Celebration which was under the theme “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision 2030” began with a procession through communities under the Akode Epicenter in the Akuapem North District before gathering at the epicentre where the remaining activities took place.
By: Ekow Burt-Fletcher