Mrs. Mercy Adomaa Besseah
The Ashanti Regional Branch of National Population Council (NPC) of Ghana has celebrated what it is called ‘World Population Day’.
The festival on the theme: ‘safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls around the world especially during the time of COVID-19 pandemic’ was commemorated in Kumasi the Ashanti Regional Capital.
The service forms part of the World Population Day which is commemorated every year on July, 11, but the outbreak of pandemic Covid-19 shifted the Ashanti Region’s Celebration to July 17, 2020 today.
Speaking at the event, the Ashanti Regional Director of NPC, Mrs. Mercy Adomaa Besseah who emphasized much on the freedom of women and gender equality said women must be allowed to make informed choices regarding their own sexuality and reproductive lifestyle.
She said devoid of discrimination, violence or coercion, women must be given equal and free mandate to make decisions on their sexual and reproductive health.
The Ashanti Regional Director further stated that sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls are abused everyday at all levels, irrespective of age, ethnic, religion or health status. Gender abuse has been a major challenge for the smooth development of women.
The NPC Director declared that 90% of women and girls are sexually abused in rural areas. These women are abused because they did not give sex to their partners; they are harassed because of many other indecent charges, subsequently “we need to end gender and sexual abuse.
She however called out that women must be given the free will to enjoy a life of choices, empowerment and equality, adding that they must be supported with quality access to information, services and the means by which they can exercise their voluntary choices.
Source: Joe Marfo