Opinion leaders in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region, have appealed to ActionAid Ghana and its donor partners to extend the duration and geographical coverage of its Young Urban Women?s project.


According to them, the thoughts and deeds of beneficiaries of the project have demonstrated that Ghana women need well researched development programme, to help them contribute meaningfully toward community and national development.

Action Aid Ghana is partnering the Ark foundation, Ghana to implement the project which is sponsored by the Norwegian Development Agency.

The two and a half year project seeks to mobilise and empower 2000 young women from 15-25 years in poor urban and peri-urban areas in Ghana.

It is formulated on four thematic areas which are; Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Decent Work and Livelihood Choices, Violence against Women and Unpaid Care Work (household chores).

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mrs Sandra Owusu Afriyie, Public Relations Manager, of the Municipal Assembly lauded ActionAid Ghana for implementing the programme saying, it has increase patriotism, community and national development awareness in the beneficiaries.

?I remember seeing a number of members of the project attending the programmes of the assembly and showing keen interest in the inner working, responsibility and programme of the Assembly. Ordinarily, girls and women of their ages will not even want to find the location of the Assembly?s Administrative Office.?

She, on behalf of the Municipal Chief Executive, pledged the Assembly support for programme and appealed for the extension of its duration ?so that many other girls and young women would also benefit.

Mrs Selina Avevor, Chairperson, Kpobiman Women?s Association, said: ?It is now obvious that our young women through the skill training and education offered under the project have woken up to the reality that they can also become prosperous and responsible.?
According to her: ?Hitherto, most girls got into child bearing at an early age without any skill or appreciable education to earn income. They became vulnerable and got trapped in the poverty cycle.?

?I personally thank ActionAid Ghana for hearing our plea. I know that when the time comes for stock taking, the whole world will see the number of steps we have climbed on the ladder of progress,? she said.

Mrs Leticia Boakye, a women?s rights activist, said the project has opened up opportunities for young women in the area.

According to her: ?As Older women, I see the changes in the way they dress, speak and how they relate to boys and work. They now have a reason to be responsible and healthy.?

Source: GNA/newsghana.com.gh


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