Seven (7) schools sensitization sessions were held by the Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE) between January to June 2012 on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV and Child Abuse.
Four (4) sessions out of this number were held in two (2) basic schools on the Buduburam Refugee Settlement in the Central region of Ghana reaching one hundred and sixteen (116) pupils. One (1) session was held with fifty-two (52) children at the Calvary Baptist Church in Greater Accra as part of their annual Children’s Day celebrations and another session held with the thirty –three (33) students of the Women of Destiny Vocational School at the Buduburam Refugee Settlement.
Presentation on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) ended with the ‘mantra’ below for both girls and boys emphasizing the fact that, engaging in and being silent about domestic abuse and humans rights violations is an unacceptable thing to do.
I will not be silent; Abuse is not love.
I will never let a boy or man trick me into surrendering my body to him.
I will never let a boy or man lead me into corners to exploit me.
I will never use my body to gain a man’s affection, approval or money.
I will never let my friends pressure me into anything I do not want to do.
I will follow my dreams until they become reality.
I am beautiful; I am powerful; and I will be a great leader in this country.
I am a great future leader of this country
As a future leader, I will respect my body.
Furthermore, I will respect all the women and girls around me, treating them as my mothers and sisters and as fellow leaders and future leaders of this country.
I will never see girls as conquests, and lead them into corners or force them to let me touch them. No means no.
I will pursue meaningful friendships with girls based on mutual respect.
I will discipline myself at all times and wait until I am ready for a wholesome relationship.
I am great and valuable and I will let my greatness positively impact the lives of others.
Lastly, my strength is not for hurting.
This was to help the children know how valuable and resourceful they are to the society.
In all, a total of two hundred and one (201) students and nine (9) teachers were reached during January and June 2012.
With the invaluable support of our donors over the years, a total of seven thousand nine hundred and five (7,905) students and one hundred and thirteen (122) teachers have been reached since the commencement of the program.
We are forever indebted to our donors for contributing to our cause.