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Safety of Children Online J initiative boss holds meeting with Ghana’s ambassador to USA

She called on the ambassador during her visit to the States to participate in Facebook Global safety partners’ network summit.

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play Mrs Amenyah presenting the NGO’s branded T-shirt to the Ambassador after a short meeting

The Executive Director of J initiative Awo Aidam Amenyah has held a meeting with Ghana’s ambassador to Washington DC in the United States, His Excellency Barfour Adjei-Barwuah.

She called on the ambassador during her visit to the States to participate in Facebook Global safety partners’ network summit.

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The meeting which took place at the Ghana Embassy in Washington DC coincided with the International Women’s Day which was marked in Ghana under the theme: “Press For Change.”

The Ambassador commended J Initiative for their work and stressed on the need for stakeholders especially the home and school to champion the safety needs of children online as well as their health.

“This may not be achieved overnight but at least when others are advancing at a faster rate we can afford to leapfrog,” he said.

He opined that Digital Literacy and safety in addition to the socialization of young people to appreciate their responsibility towards themselves, their families and the nation will go a long way to achieving the President's mission of hitting the ground running.

On menstrual hygiene management which is one of the focus areas of JI, he believes life begins from menarche and in essence, proper management of menstruation should be of utmost priority to everyone.

On her part, Mrs Amenyah thanked the Ambassador for allowing her to brief him on the work of J Initiative and issues on the development of children and young people in Ghana.

She said: “At J Initiative, we envisage the world where children and young people especially girls have the best of welfare.

"Seeing a safe cyberspace where children and young people are empowered to navigate their way in the digital space and a world where feminine product for  menstruation is considered an ESSENTIAL rather than luxury."

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She continued: “Research shows stigma and cost account for absenteeism and low self-esteem of girls. Our children just like any part of the world are confronted with all kinds of issues including, child abuse imagery, inappropriate content and addiction to technology which is in itself not accidental but having serious effect on their socialization and how the society is wired”.

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