Mr. Richard Buadu Central Programme Unit Manager of Plan International-Ghana has lauded the Government’s free Senor High School (SHS) policy saying it was the surest way teenage pregnancy could be curtailed.

He made the commendation at a durbar to commemorate the International Day of the Girl at Abura Obokor near Mankessem in Central Region saying that many girls after Junior High School loiter about ending up pregnant therefore the free SHS education would prepare them to become better persons in future.

The Day celebrated on the theme: “Girl, Get Equal Representation” was attended by School Children mostly Girls in and around Obokor Township and was graced by Traditional Leaders and officials from the Abura- Asebu-Kwamankese District Assembly and the Ghana Education Directorate.

He called on society to pay particular attention to reducing the increasing teenage pregnancy menace, if girls were to be empowered and to take over their rightful places.

Mr. Buadu announced that, Plan, an international, humanitarian child centred community development non-organization, had child sponsorship as its basic foundation and strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

He said, the Day was to help promote human rights, highlights gender inequalities that remained between girls and boys and addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the world.

He stated that the 2019 report by Plan International on girls, which examined the behaviours, attitudes and beliefs that limited girls’ freedom and opportunities in specific environment revealed that most girls were influenced by what they see especially in the media.

Highlighting on the report, Mr. Buadu said, overall, 81 percent of female leaders were shown as intelligent as compared to 62 percent male leaders, while 57 percent male leaders at the national level were shown as more effective than 44 percent of female leaders.

He informed the gathering that, in 2016, Plan instituted a project dubbed: ‘Girls Take Over’, which made a great and significant impact in the lives of girls who took part in the programme.

“It was against this backdrop that Plan and her stakeholders considered this year’s celebration as a unique space to advance the rights of girls with the formation and inauguration of children/youth Parliament where girls would be given the opportunity to mimic Parliament.

They will take over roles as speaker of parliament, minority and majority leaders and also pose questions at the sitting, which will be used for advocacy and to boost their confidence and prepare them to hold key social and political positions in future.

He called on all stakeholders in the grooming of the child, particularly females to work hard to increase female’s representation in parliament, saying if this was achieved, women would influence policies and make laws in favour of girls.

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