Ghana Girl Guides Association (GGGA)—dedicated to the welfare of girls and young women in the world—has called on corporates Ghana and other individual philanthropists to support the association to raise an amount of US$100,000 to enable it to expand.
The move to expand the association’s current training centre, according to the Chief Commissioner of GGGA, Mrs Zakiya Abdul Wahab, would go a long way to increase capacity to accommodate more girls for their skills development programmes.
Founded and launched in Accra in 1921, she noted that the GGGA was the national Guiding organisation of Ghana that has spread to towns and villages all over the country.
“Driven by the commitment to change and transform the lives of girls and young women across the country, by supporting and empowering them to achieve their fullest potential and to become responsible citizens of the world, the organisation has spread its operations to towns and villages all over the country, currently having 26,909 members, she told Today.
She revealed that the GGGA is a full member of the World Association of Girl Guides (WAGGGS), which is the largest voluntary movement for girls and young women, and Girl Scouts.
Speaking in an interview with Today on the sideline at the ceremony to mark this year’s” home-coming of GGGA in Accra, Abdul-Wahab lamented that gender inequality has gone over the roof, discriminating against the less-privileged, particularly the feminine group in society.
She, therefore, encouraged all to work in order to correct the trend.
Mrs Abdul-Wahab called on government agencies, stakeholders and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to support the association in advocating the welfare of girls and young women in the country to help them develop their full potential and become agents of change.
According to her, with adequate support, the girl-child could grow to support sustainable national development.
Mrs Abdul-Wahab promised to work together with her executive members to increase membership, speak on issues affecting the girl-child and young women, as well as strengthen the quality of the girl guiding experience.
She said she would ensure that the association remains committed to reaching out to rural girls and communities and positively impacting on their lives.
She, therefore, urged the ministries of Education, Gender, Children and Social Protection, and Youth and Sports to create platforms for discussing possible collaborations and support in assisting the girl-child to become a responsible citizen.
For his part, the Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mrs Elizabeth Sackey, noted that education was crucial for ending all forms of violence against humanity by creating a powerful force for change to empower girls and young women to understand their rights.
Mrs Sackey, who spoke on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, added that to assert one’s right, education plays a major role and empower girls and young women to learn to speak out while standing up to the root causes of violence.
According to her, acts such as battering, verbal abuse, body mutilation, harassment in schools, offices, and even on the streets in their everyday lives were criminal.
She revealed that those who know about the unacceptable acts against humanity, particularly the feminine gender, also fear stigmatisation and threat of further abuse for speaking out.
She underscored the importance of a healthy mind and heart in the fight against those dehumanizing.
She entreated parents not to discriminate against any gender in opportunities made accessible to all.
“If the children were taught to hold the issues of human rights in high esteem, it would ensure that the children grow up with the understanding of their rights, respecting each other, and rejecting the harmful attitudes and behaviours that have crippled the society,” she advised.
Story: Prosper Kwaku SALASSY