“It is important to note that one’s image and career development could be destroyed forever by engaging in such an indecent practice,” Mrs Marie-Louise Simons, the legal practitioner, cautioned.
She said exposing one’s nudity to the public for whatever reason in itself was shameful and demeaning to womanhood.
Mrs Simons, who was addressing students of the Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ Senior High School (SHS), at an orientation forum at Tanoso in the Kwadaso Municipality of the Ashanti Region, advised the students not to be blinded by peer pressure or any other consideration to engage in such acts.
The programme was organised by the Yaa Asantewaa Old Girls Association (YAOGA) and offered the members the opportunity to inspire the students of their alma mater to strive for excellence in their career development.
It was meant to sensitize the students to embrace good attitudes and moral behaviours, which were critical factors in defining their future and success in life.
The students were taken through the challenges and prospects associated with their career development, career guidance and counselling.
Mrs Simons asked the students to keep to the ideals of the school to help maintain its enviable reputation.
They should demonstrate discipline, courtesy and responsibility in their academic endeavours as they aspire to be women of substance worthy to spearhead the society’s growth.
The sky must be their limit, she observed and entreated the students to take a cue from how some old students had defied the odds as women to establish a strong presence in varied fields of human endeavour.
Ms Felicia Amankwah, a Senior Assistant Registrar at the Quality Assurance and Planning Office, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), took the students through the various programmes and courses at the university and their job prospects.
In her presentation, Ms Amankwah reminded the students that the programmes they intended to pursue at the university could define their future.
Consequently, they should be guided to take up programmes that were in tune with their interest and strength.
The Senior Assistant Registrar inspired the students not to shun the sciences, saying programmes relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) were no longer considered male-dominated fields.
Ms Akua Konadu Kankam, President of the Kumasi chapter of YAOGA, asked the students to be conscious of their potential and strive to work assiduously in harnessing their God-given talents.
She said YAOGA would continue to engage the students to build their self-confidence since low self-esteem could be a barrier to achieving one’s potential in life.
Other speakers at the forum took the students through the dangers involved in leading a promiscuous life while in school and urged them to always be positive in their thinking.