YOUTH DEVELOPMENTGood gender relation is one of the equities and mutual respects between males and females for equal access to information and services needed to achieve good sexual and reproductive health rights and responsibilities.

Madam Julian Harison Mutaah ,Techiman Municipal Gender and Focal Person of the Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health (GARH) Office said at Techiman on Tuesday.

Madam Mutaah was speaking at a day’s training workshop to educate members of 12 youth organisations in the Techiman Municipality on adolescent and reproductive health care.

The workshop, jointly organised by Futures Group, a non-governmental organization, and the Techiman Municipal Assembly, was sponsored by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom Agency for International Development (UKAID).

She said other means of fostering good gender relations were the avoidance of domineering tendencies, as well as the elimination of prejudices in society.

Madam Mutaah stated that reproductive health education was necessary because it helped adolescents to know the functions of the reproductive organs and systems.

She, therefore, stressed the need for parents to advise their adolescent girls to avoid pre-marital sex to prevent contracting sexually transmitted diseases, like HIV/AIDS.

Nana Amponsah Baaku, Nkosuahemaa of the Techiman Traditional Area, and an Assemblywoman for Tunsuase in the Municipality, indicated that adolescent girls who became parents early in life faced social and economic consequences of loss of education and lower income earnings.

She, therefore, advised parents to support their adolescent girl-children to attain higher education for good jobs in future.



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