CEO OF SILDEP CALLS FOR EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN TO REDUCE POVERTY IN NORTHERN GHANA

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Priority given to the male child in the northern part of Ghana over the female is part of the reasons why there is much poverty in the northern sector NGOs bemoan. They said girls for many years in the northern part of Ghana has been denied the empowerment to create wealth for themselves to ease burden on some male family members so that they can stand alone. The CEO of SILDEP MR. MOSES DRAMANI LURI said this to Radford news on the day of international day of the girl child where he mentioned that culturally girls in the northern part of Ghana have been denied access to some opportunities and more especially their involvement in cultural activities which tradition has limited to males. Mr Moses Luri said that for the development gap in the northern part of Ghana to be bridge girls and women must be empowered to create wealth, they must be given the opportunity to drive the change which will bring a new revolution for women to no longer be dependants. Mr Moses luri further indicated some of the challenges affecting women and young girls are teenage pregnancy and early child marriage. He said it is very common in the northern part of the country especially in the upper west region. giving figures to back this he said in 2016 upper west region recorded over 3000 cases of teenage pregnancies whilst in the Sissala east in 2017 had 305 cases. The two Sissala districts are the worse places where teenage pregnancy and early and forced marriages are common the CEO of SILDEP said and therefore call on all stakeholders to join hands to fight and eradicate it.

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