Ms Seidu Amatu, a student from the Anbariya SHS in Tamale, who made the call, noted that most, of the perpetrators of girl-child sexual abuses, were often not punished due to traditional leaders and politicians’ intervention to free them.
Ms Amatu was speaking in Tamale during a refresher training of Girls Leaders in Institutions on SGBV.
The programme was part of the KASA! Ending Sexual Violence Project, and was organised by Savannah Women Integrated Development Agency (SWIDA-GH) in partnership with Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Health Service.
It was to build the capacity of girls to fight against sexual violence in both institutions and communities.
Ms Amatu called on stakeholders to play a critical role in responding to and creating access to justice for women and girls, who suffered sexual and gender-based violence in the country.
Addressing SGBV in Ghana
She said there was a need for a systematic approach to address the rising cases of victims of SGBV in the country.
Hajia Alima Sagito-Saeed, Executive Director of SWIDA-GH advised girls to use social media to create more awareness about ending SGBV in their communities.
She said the use of social media to spread awareness about sexual harassment was one of the important tools to help people become more knowledgeable about the topic.
Madam Khadijah Abdul-Samed, Project Leader of KASA! Ending Sexual Violence stated that the two-year project implemented by SWIDA –GH, and funded by African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) was being implemented in 10 educational institutions within Sagnarigu and Tamale Metropolis.
It seeks to produce 200 female advocates in SGBV.