Progress Female genital mutilation practice reduces in Upper West region

This was made known at a community men sensitization and awareness creation on the existence of sexual and gender-based violence against women and children organized in Charia in the Wa Municipality.

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The Department of Gender and Social Protection has said there has been a major reduction in the incidence of female genital mutilation in the Upper West Region.

Madam Charity Batuure, Assistant Programme Officer at the Department, made this known at a community men sensitization and awareness creation on the existence of sexual and gender-based violence against women and children organized in Charia in the Wa Municipality.

Female genital mutilation poses several challenges to its victims during child birth, and in some cases  diseases are transfers,  because un-sterilized equipment are used for the act.

Participants were taken through “the negative effects of Sexual and Gender-based violence against the larger affected populace in society, especially women and children.”

The Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Ghana Project is aimed at reducing the male dominance and control of women and girls.

The Project has also identified men as the major agents of change dubbed: “Men as changing agents in ending sexual and gender-based violence in Ghana,” to adopt behavioral change in the fight against sex and gender-based violence.

The project is supported by the Danish Development Agency, using the community-based approach for awareness creation and the role the community plays in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence.

 

Source : GNA

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