The Krontihene of the Asokore Mampong Traditional Area, Nana Kwasi Kankam, has condemned the rampant sexual violence and abuse in the country.
He says these acts which are normally perpetrated against women and children has greatly affected womanhood and the earlier the country united to fight it, the better it will be.
Speaking at the Girls Advocacy Alliance Conference in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, the traditional leader vowed to mobilise other members of the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs to join the fight in advocating against such practices.
He pointed out that sexual violence and abuse have been the bane of confidence growth in women who are supposed to support their men in nation building.
The Girls Advocacy Alliance is a brainchild of the Defense for Children International (DCI) and it comprises two other organisations—Plan Ghana and Ghana NGO Coalition for the Rights of the Child.
The Girls Advocacy Alliance seeks to reduce to the least minimum of not eliminate, child marriages, and sexual violence and abuse on girls especially and round women in Ghana by 2020.
The Asokore Mampong sub chief was part of several other Champions of Change personalities who participated in the conference to inspire people into fighting sexual abuse and violence against the girl child.
Sheikh Alhaji Alhassan Ibn Ibrahim, who also spoke at the conference, bemoaned the rampant marriages between male adults and little girls in many Zango communities.
He said even though the practice was widely acceptable among the Zango communities, ‘the time has come for all leaders in our areas to fight it out.’
“We have to all rise up and let them know that child marriage is an offense and that perpetrators will be arrested and severely dealt with,” he stressed.
The DCI Champions of Change are a group of persons who have been carefully selected to lead the organisation’s crusade against Sexual abuse and Violence against the girl child.
They include religious and traditional leaders, teachers and students who have dedicated themselves to enlightening their peers and circles on the need to protect the girl child.
The DCI champions of Change have been going to churches, mosques, community centers and school to sensitise both adults and children about the protection needed by the girl child.
Executive Director of DCI, Dr Oppong Ampong Appiagyei, in an interview with Today noted that ‘we are so far greatly encouraged by the inputs of our Champions of Change’.
Having been in the forefront of girl-child empowerment for over two decades, the DCI executive director expressed hope that girls and young women in Ghana would one day be free from sexual abuse and violence.
Story: From James APPIAKORANG JNR., KUMASI, ASHANTI REGION