This year we have decided to break the cycle of spousal abuse in the communities through educating youth groups and awareness creation. We have been to two communities already and the responds was massive. Through our weekly radio program, we get invitations from youth groups in the communities as well.
Ghana has the highest rates of spousal abuse. According to the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) conducted in Ghana in 2008, 38.7 per cent of ever-married women between the ages of 15 and 49 years reported having experienced physical, psychological or sexual violence by a husband or partner at some point in their lives. Over a quarter (27.6 per cent) of Ghanaian males reported having experienced physical or psychological violence by their wife or partner (GSS et al., 2009). Most women especially in the rural areas of Ghana are not aware of the possibility of a healthy marriage.
In the future, we want to reach out to traditional, religious leaders and policy makers. The traditional and the religious leaders are the first point of contact for the victims. So the leaders need to know and understand this issue so that they are able to handle victims and spousal abuse cases well.
We also plan to select girls from the girls clubs and train as ambassadors and facilitate them to educate their peers in their communities.
My foundation wants to raise funds to support in getting:
i. Training materials to train the ambassadors and give them handouts to train their peers.
ii. Lodging and accommodation since some of the communities are far.
iii. Consultancy and resource personnel fees.
Some of the pictures are dark because we meet them in the evening.
Stay tuned for more updates on our experience and impact in the communities.
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