The Defense for Children International (CDI)-Ghana, a non-governmental organization for the implementation of the ‘Girl Power project’ in the Obuasi municipality, has, since 2011, provided legal service for a number of girls and women in helping to settle 204 cases, which included defilement, child maintenance, child labor and stealing.
Dr. George Oppong, Executive Director of DCI-Ghana, who announced this at a day’s community leaders’ workshop, stressed the need for community leaders to lobby with the Obuasi Municipal Assembly to enact bye-laws to protect and control children, especially the wayward ones.
The workshop, organized by the DCI Ghana at Obuasi, with the aim of enlightening the 60 participants about the importance of the Project was under the theme “Equal opportunities for Girls and Women.”
The participants were taken through topics like Gender Equality, Rights and Responsibilities of Children, Domestic Violence, and others.
Dr. Oppong revealed that so far 21 Child Right Clubs, made up of about 700 males and females, had been formed to educate them about the importance of the project.
He said 10 communities in the municipality including Anyinam, Gausu, Bongobiri, Bedieso, Amangoase, Antobuasi and Tutuka are beneficiaries of the project.
Other beneficiaries of the project are Kumasi and the Kwabre East District also in the Ashanti Region.
The Executive Secretary emphasized the need for continued resource mobility, capacity building, networking and collaboration among the various stakeholders for the effective strengthening of the child protection system in the region.
He said the project, which would end in 2015, has targeted 1,000 girls and young women as beneficiaries of the project, being funded by the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Netherlands.
The participants collaborated with the Obuasi Municipal Assembly to set up a community watchdog committee and monitor children in the area.