Chairperson of Young Urban Women’s Movement in the Upper East Region, Dorcas Zoogah is concerned about the inability of young girls living in the region to report people who abused them to the appropriate authorities.
According to her, the dangers in reporting such cases coupled with social norms and norms makes it difficult for young women to report cases of abuse.
“Some of these things are actually happening right under our nose, but we try to pretend and put deaf ears and eyes on them as if they’re not really happening. In the Upper East Region here, every day in and day out, some of these things happen, and young women are scared to even report some of these cases because they feel like reporting some of these cases has the dangers attached to it. At the end of the day it’s a waste of time even if you try to report cases of such. So it’s really happening and it’s taking most young women away from reporting some of these issues and they’re really facing a lot and it’s depriving them from certain opportunities and spaces.”
Ms Zoogah explained that “we might see that it’s the young lady that is affecting but society and community and family it’s also affecting. If the young lady was able to further the education well and then comes back and picks something at the end of the month will be able to develop the family, will be able to develop the community, and will be able to develop the region at large”.
Speaking on A1Radio, Dorcas Zoogah mentioned that the Power to Youth project seeks to harness the power of adolescent girls and young women in achieving change to harmful practices.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana