Young women urged to report abused to police

The Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service has urged young ladies to report to the police when they are abused.

Chief Inspector Michael Akuffo-Asante, a representative of DOVVSU, gave the advice at the launch of Girls Excellence Movement (GEM) in Accra on Tuesday.

GEM is a non- profit making youth organization that aims at motivating, inspiring and informing to transform young girls into great women of excellence.

It started in 2008 as the Exotik Girls Excellence Club. In 2016, the name changed to Girls Excellence Movement. It has since undertaken several activities such as monthly motivational outreach visits to schools, orphanages and rural communities. GEM also provides skill training and secures opportunities for needy girls.

Chief Inspector Akuffo-Asante also advised young women not help their parents to cover up sex offenders, emphasizing that girls need to speak up whenever they are abused.

He warned young women to be vigilant and desist from taking gifts from strangers.

The Executive Director of GEM, Miss Juliana Ama Kplorfia, noted that GEM has since its inception engaged 7,325 girls on 42 outreach programmes, and distributed 300 boxes of sanitary pads and 500 mathematical sets to 4,825 girls across the country.

GEM, she said, targets girls between the ages of 10 and 18 in senior high schools, and young ladies between the ages of 19 and 25 in tertiary institutions and teenage mothers in rural communities.  

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Young Educators Foundation, Mrs. Eugenia Tachie-Manson, mentioned that girls should not limit education to the classroom, but also learn to acquire practical knowledge outside the classroom by seeking mentors with different expertise in all aspects of social life.

According to her, one person could have up to five mentors, providing special aspects of life coaching, adding that life was bigger than work and school, hence, young girls should work hard to achieve success.

The Chairperson of the ceremony, Brigadier General Constance Edjeani-Afenu, expressed joy for the strides GEM has made over the years by impacting positively on girls across the country.

She appealed to girls to open up and confide in their relatives concerning issues affecting their development, noting that it was important to seek guidance from family and mentors to help shape one’s career path.

Source: ISD (Aliyah Bayali)

Created: 08 May 2019
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