Ghana: PPAG Organises Livelihood Empowerment Training for 50 Girls

Wa — The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) has organised a livelihood empowerment training in Wa for 50 girls drawn from four communities in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region.

The training sought to empower the young ladies against early and unprotected sex, unwanted pregnancies and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) by providing them with skills that would enable them to earn a living and become independent of men who usually lured them into having early sex for money.

The training, which is one of several others for the girls who have been organised into a club called the ‘Sistas Club’, forms part of a three-year project dubbed the ‘United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) – PPAG Child Marriage Project.

Targeted at reducing teenage pregnancy that leads to early marriages amongst girls, the project which started last year is working to educate young ladies in the Charia-Zingu, Sagoe, Kpongo, Gbegru and Dondoli communities on personal hygiene and family planning methods as well as the need to undertake minor trading activities for sustenance.

Speaking to the Ghanaian Times at the training here over the weekend, the Field Assistant for the PPAG in the region, Mr Joseph Aniah, explained that the project selected areas where teenage pregnancy was predominant and sought to engage girls within those areas to become responsible for their bodies and wellbeing.

“We realise that most of the girls are forced into marriage to men who impregnate them even if they have to truncate their education and they become victims of domestic abuse from these men who do not have any affection for them,” he said.