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Empowered Girl Train – Renewed Purpose through Mentorship
Ms. Rita Dugbenu, facilitator, educating Girls on Sexual Reproductive Health

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.” – Malala Yousafzai

Ghana is signatory to various regional, continental and International frameworks and has pledged on various forums and platforms its commitment to promoting gender equality and women empowerment. For instance, Ghana has signed and ratified the Maputo Protocol to the African Charter on Human Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa and has pledged its commitment to support the advancement of women and girls in the continent. Empowered Girl Series offers a platform to advance the empowerment of girls in less privileged communities through mentorship training and advocacy on SDG 4 and 5.

Violence against girls can be physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual in nature. It not only affects the victims and perpetrators, but it involves their families, the whole community and peace and prosperity.

Empowered Girl Train forms part of Jodeb Foundations initiative to mentor girls in less priviledged communities and help them understand teenage pregnancy, early parenthood, sexual abuse, drug abuse, promote equal education for girls and create awareness around the 17 global goals. The program further seek to ensure that girls and young women benefit from a full cycle of quality education, empower girls and young women with relevant knowledge and skills, support girls and young women in their transitions into adulthood and to fully participate in society.

Global Outlook

  • One in three women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently from their partner
  • Worldwide, almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday; while 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • 71 per cent of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls, and three out of four of these women and girls are sexually exploited
  • One in two women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family in 2012; while only one out of 20 men were killed under similar circumstances

When a girl has the opportunity to be educated and healthy, not only does she benefit, society as a whole benefits. Educated girls marry later, have healthier children and take an active role in their communities to ensure the rights of other women are upheld.

To become a partner of the Programme and contribute to this effort of empowering less priviledged girls and young women through education, mentorship and skills training, please contact us at Jodebfoundation6@gmail.com.

A participant demonstrating how to fix sanitary pad

2 Comments

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