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Human rights education on domestic and sexual violence laws

Students  Human Rights Educ The education on human rights is to serve as awareness for teenagers

Thu, 16 Sep 2021 Source: Ogyefo Papa, Contributor

Ohenewaa Human Rights Advocacy, headed by Lawyer Mary Ohenewaa Afful has collaborated with the Ga West Municipal Education Directorate and Nsawam Adoakyiri District Education Directorate to educate school children on Domestic and Sexual Violence Laws.

The programme commenced on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, and will come to an end on Friday, October 29, 2021, with an overall students population of 52,688.

The focus is on the prevention of crime by creating awareness on the various types of violence, educating the school children on the criminal offences, and letting them know the jail terms associated with these acts of violence.

This Programme is meant to protect school children who are likely to become victims of crime or future offenders. According to the data from the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service over the years, more females continue to suffer from rape and defilement and the figure keeps increasing.

Furthermore, records from our court systems and our prisons also show a high rate of criminal offenders from ages 19 to 26 who end up being jailed for committing various criminal offences.

Thus, teaching these school children about violence and their repercussions at the basic level will be an easy way to educate them on specific areas of the law that pertains to day-to-day lives and as a major step in preventing crime.

We need to send a strong signal out there to help fight against all forms of Abuse.

Source: Ogyefo Papa, Contributor