The goal was to help them improve the quality of life, reduce their vulnerability to sexual abuse and protect them from sexually-transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.


The programme was organized by an NGO, Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA)-Ghana in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and benefited a total of 50 porters at the Bantama satellite market.

They were introduced to beads making and soap making.

Madam Gloria Dei-Tutu, President of the NGO, said this was part of a project to give protection to the ‘Kayeyei’.

She said those among them identified to have received senior high school (SHS) education were taken through some legal education to assist their peers on the appropriate steps to take, when sexually abused.

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), the police and the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) were on hand to provide support.

She encouraged the paralegals to be good advocates for other “Kayayei” and act quickly to report any form of abuse to the appropriate state institutions – the police and CHRAJ for redress.

Madam Dei-Tutu urged them to refuse to be rushed into early marriages and outmoded cultural practices.

She again asked that they put to good use their acquired skills to better their economic situation.

Mrs. Esther Naa Ankrah, one of the Facilitators, advised them to adopt the culture of saving money with the banks.

Source: GNA


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