Women urged to be tactical in demanding their rights

Mr Sulemana Gbene, Assistant Programme Manager of Plan Ghana has called on women and young girls to be tactical in demanding their rights from men in order not to provoke them.

They should rather try to win their support in their struggle for freedom and empowerment.

He said it was extremely difficult to get men, especially those in the rural areas, out of their primitive cultural beliefs to understand the rights of women and should be more patient in dealing with such men.

Mr Gbene made the call at a durbar organized by the Sissala Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP), to mark this year’s International Women’s Day celebration at Gwollu, in the Sissala West District of the Upper West Region.

The celebration of the day brought together over 200 young women and girls, who embarked on a clean-up exercise at the Gwollu Health Center before a durbar at the Gwollu chief’s palace.

Mr Moses Dramani Luri, the Executive Director of SILDEP noted that the celebration of the day formed part of SILDEP’s strategy to engage civil society organizations, traditional rulers and opinion leaders to fight the cause of young women and girls in the district.

It is also to educate young women and girls on the four thematic areas of the “Girl Power Project” which include girl child education, young women economic empowerment, their political participation as well as the protection of their rights.

Mr. Yakubu Kaayi, the Programme Coordinator of Action in Development (ADEV), identified rural urban migration, early marriage and the relegation of young women and girls to the background, especially in decision making, as key cultural practices that affected the welfare of young women and girls in the district.

He called for more education to enlighten the people.

Source: GNA

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