Source:Savannanews24.com/Hamza Lansah Lolly
The National Young Urban Women Movement has made a passionate appealed to the Ghana Education Service to as matter urgency to release names of sexual abuse teachers to the law enforcement agency for them face the full rigors of the law.
According to them, transferring teachers to other schools that are caught in the acts of sexually harassing young women without letting them face the full rigors of the law is a bane to sexual abuse victims.
They noted that, transferred sexual abuse teachers continue their bad acts unabated anywhere they go, adding that, young women will continue to suffer sexual harassment until a harsh punishment are meted out to sexual abusers.
This appeal was contained in a communiqué issue by the National Young Urban Women Movement (NYUWM), Thursday, after a two day maiden national conference at the Catholic guest house, Tamale.
The Young Urban Women Movement between the ages of ages of 15 and 35 years were drew from Greater Accra, Northern and Upper East region comprising young mothers, traders, students civil servants and persons with disabilities.
The young women at the conference brainstorm on the challenges facing their livelihoods and development, including unpaid care burden, decent work and reproductive health for young Ghanaian women.
Presenting their communiqué to the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo through the Deputy Northern Regional Minister Hon Solomon Boar, the National Chairperson of the National Young Urban Women Movement, Miss Sulemana Sumayatu said, the movement is delighted about the vision of the government to see that the right to health care of all Ghanaians is guaranteed through an established health sector with sustainable ability to deliver affordable, equitable and easily accessible healthcare.
Miss Sumayatu said, after a powerful brainstorm about their challenges, the movement came out with seven (7) important issues in their communiqué that affects the development of young women in the country.
She noted that, if the issues raised in their communiqué are tackled vigorously by the government then government will have been seen of creating a haven for young women around the globe.
Miss Sumayatu emphasized that, Ghana is noted to have been a shining example in good governance and democracy in the African Subregion, and therefore urged the NPP government led by President Nana Addo to address their demands to further enhance such accolades.
The Executive Director of NORSAAC, Mr. Mohammed Awal in a welcome addressing revealed that, the young urban women movement is made up 2,000 young women across the country, including Greater Accra, Northern and Upper East Regions.
He said, the programme has received another grant to start with the third phase of the project, “ it is my hope that we will move beyond the Tamale Metropolis, Accra and Bolga and move further to the rural districts “
He added that, moving beyond the urban areas to the rural communities will enable more young people to benefit from the programme.
Mr. Awal said, the NORSAAC and Actionaid in 2013 develop the programme to give opportunities to young people in the society.
Mr. Awal said, NORSAAC and its partners are very optimistic that the government will walk its talk to develop young people no matter where they are coming from.
Programme Office at Actionaid, Madam Aliya Mumuni said, the young urban women movement will be added to a bigger platform called ACTIVISTA, a platform of young people from various organizations across the country.
Madam Aliya Mumuni said, Actionaid also encourages other youth groups to join the ACTIVISTA for a common agenda.
She said, in the third phase of the project, they intended to engage 3,850 spread across Ghana, South Africa and India but for Ghana, they will mobilizing another 2,000 young women to be part of the programme.
Receiving the communiqué on behalf of the President, the Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Hon Solomon Boar reiterated that, the demands made by the young urban women movement is in line with government programmes to develop and eradicate poverty among young women in the country.
He assured the young women that their communiqué will be sent to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for a positive response.
Hon Boar hinted that, the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) will soon engage the leadership of the National Young Urban Movement to look into their demands for an immediate action.
Read below the full text:
COMMUNIQUI TO THE PRESIDENT HIS EXECELLENCY NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO THROUGH THE NORTHERN REGIONAL MINISTER FROM YOUNG URBAN WOMEN MOVEMENT ON DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES AFFACETING THE LIVES OF YOUNG IN GHANA
We are Young Urban Women between the ages of 15 to 35 years from Greater Accra, Northenr and Upper East Region. Among us are; young mothers, traders, students, civil servants and persons with disabilities. We have appreciated our collective power and have come together to build our voices on challenging issues affecting us in the area of; unpaid care burden, decent work and reproductive health for young women.
We have engaged various stakeholders in addressing these issues in our home-based activities, income earning opportunities and demands for increased and improved reproductive health service delivery for young women. We applaud the government of the day for its developmental agenda that place importance on the youth as the major as the major constituent of Ghana’s human capital. We therefore look forward to the government efforts to employ young people’s talents andskills for sustained growth of Ghana.
We are equally delighted about the vision of the government to see that the right to health of all Ghanaians is guaranteed through an established health sector with sustainable ability to deliver affordable, equitable and easily accessible healthcare.
It is in appreciation of the isisues that we, the young urban women of Ghana make the following specific demands;
- Government should provide resources for Ghana Health Service to establish and effectively run adolescent corners in all hospitals to enable young women access to reproductive health service.
- Clear timelines to restructure and revitalize National health Insurance Scheme to cover breast/cervical cancer and family planning services.
- Ghana Education Service in all regions shound presents to the regional coordinating councils names of teachers caught for sexual harassment of young women and ensure that they face the full vigour of the law.
- gOvernmemt should help provide sustainable water for every community to help reduce water stress and its burden on women.
- Adequate and affordable waste management facilities such as rubbish bins and effective channels of disposals must be provided in communities and vantage locations, to reduce time young women spend in disposing waste and reduce the loitering of the environment.
- The registration of businesses and organizations must be enforced to ensure that all workers enjoy SSNIT and not deprived of old age support due to the large number of unregistered businesses with high worker population in the country. This will also help the Labour Commission to effectively monitor working conditions that will secure decent work for people.
- Clear timelines for the full implementation of the Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Disability Acts and the passage of the affirmative action law.
We athe Young Urban Women Movement present this to you with the hope that you would officially respond to our concerns and set up a committee to ensure that issues raised in this document get the needed attention . we would like to assure you of our availability and contributions to your plans towards addressing the mentioned issues.
Chairperson-National Young Urban Women Movement