In Tamale, Northern Ghana, gender equality is constrained because of socio-cultural practices, norms and attitudes that tend to discourage women from engaging in wage employment and other 'male' activities. Moreover, practices such as early marriages and puberty rites prevent girls from becoming educated. With this project we will empower 1000 teens by building their knowledge, skills and confidence to make conscious choices about their sexuality, relationships and, gender equality.
Nearly 30% of Ghana's population is young (10 to 24) and struggle with gender inequality. Cultural beliefs and practices result in their vulnerability to risks like unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Many of them are unable to reach their full potential because they do not have access to information and do not get the opportunities to build their leadership skills. Young professional trainers will empower these young people through our program.
Our edutainment and empowerment approach enhances a comprehensive four-step method that focuses on building the confidence of young people within the area of sexuality and relationships. It is youth-appropriate and recognizes the power of peer-to-peer learning, mentoring and engagement with adults. Our positivity addresses values, attitudes and life-skills that empower young people and their environments to practice, act and influence change within themselves, their peers and adults.
The project will build the knowledge, confidence and personal leadership skills of 1000 young people, allowing them to make conscious decisions about their sexual health and future. They will be able to articulate their needs and have more decision making power. Which they will spread further to hundreds of others in their circle of influence - peers, parents, community - and they too will be able to break out of barriers that hold them back from becoming leaders of their own lives.