Protecting our young from GBV; The information armour

Shirley Asiedu-Addo
Posted December 1, 2020 from Ghana

By Shirley Asiedu-Addo

The future is always better if the wrongs of today are corrected and great effort made to ensure mistakes do not repeat themselves.

It is in the light of this that I was excited about the effort by the Centre for Gender Research Advocacy and Documentation CEGRAD of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to prepare adolescents for the dangers that they may face to correct wrong perception on gender stereotyping.

The day's workshop brought together about 700 adolescents to help educate them on Sexual and Gender based Violence (SGBV) and how to seek support.

It was also to educate them on how to seek redress and to understand the signs and to protect themselves from perpetrators.

The participants

The participants mostly Junior High School and Senior High School graduates also learnt about campus life and how to relate and avoid abusers.

They were enlightened on life on the next possible educational institution, sexuality issues and how to protect themselves.

Some of the participants said they were extremely happy to have been part of the workshop which they described as educative and helpful.

Awareness and knowledge

and knowledge is crucial in efforts to reduce gender based violence.

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Nini Mappo
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 01, 2020

Hello Shirley,
It is so lovely to see all those young people getting equipped on how to be safe. keep others safe, and pass on that knowledge to others. I imagine all the ripple effects on safety facilitated by this workshop and it is powerful!
Good on you and all the organizers for running it, and getting so many young ones to attend!
Thank you for sharing such good news. I hope that you are keeping well and safe.

Shirley Asiedu-Addo
Dec 03, 2020
Dec 03, 2020

Thank you Nini. I am well. Stay well too.

Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Dec 03, 2020
Dec 03, 2020

Hello, Shirley,

Wow! What a milestone this is! Congratulations on organizing this event to raise awareness against gender-based violence. It's important to start this conversation among high schoolers. Prevention is better than cure. Kudos to you, dear, and to everyone that made this possible!

Shirley Asiedu-Addo
Dec 03, 2020
Dec 03, 2020

Karen it is indeed a needful conversation to have. Thank you.

Beth Lacey
Dec 04, 2020
Dec 04, 2020

Yes, knowledge is empowerment. This education for adolescents is so important

Regina Afanwi Young
Dec 04, 2020
Dec 04, 2020

Hello sister Shirley, congratulations on this great effort to pass on knowledge about GBV. I must say your target group is so intentional. Just as Karen has said scholars which is very good.
Keep up the good Job sis especially as these practices are very common in our African society.
Stay strong and keep safe my dear

Sydney.R
Dec 08, 2020
Dec 08, 2020

Hi Shirley,
Your work is so inspiring. Teaching and empowering young adults is so powerful.
Best,
Sydney

Caroline Bokwe
Dec 09, 2020
Dec 09, 2020

Hi Shirley,
I was so glad to see that your workshop was inclusive in nature. Sometimes we are tempted to forget that such teachings need to reach the ears of all genders because violence is usually between pairs of individuals, with one being either the victim or the perpetrator. As such, sensitizing both parties really creates greater impact. I loved how the Junior and Senior High school students were invited to participate in this, and I wish this could be a regular part of their school curriculum whereby GBV is discussed throughout one academic year.
I also wish that every community could host such workshops to educate their younger population for a safer tomorrow.

Request: Would it be possible to share your workshop materials for others to emulate? If possible, I would love to have it for future references.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Dec 12, 2020
Dec 12, 2020

Greetings dear Shirley,
I am so delighted to hear and read this story about what you are engaging in with our youth today and Ghana, Africa. 700 youths is huge number of success, Congratulations! Education is definitely the key to our success in the Motherland. Breaking ignorant and cultural taboos is our problem but Education is the key to a New Africa that I am proud to see step by step. We have a long way to go but the focus is on our young people and beloved elders receiving the education and care they deserve.
In the positive we focus on how far we become, grateful to GOD,
Peace and prosperity to your future projects,
Mama Queen

Stella Paul
Dec 15, 2020
Dec 15, 2020

Shirley! Shirley girl! I was just browsing through the latest posts on World Pulse and imagine my surprise when I saw this one from my friend Shirley! Ooooo, the world if so full of wonders!
Coming to the article, I am so happy to know you are carrying on the great job of community education and community development, besides journalism. You are a rockstar! And 700 kids are an awesome number! More power to your wings and more success to your future efforts.
Big hugs
Stella