Founder and Executive Director of She Power Africa, Miss Priscilla Opoku Agyeman popularly known in showbiz circles as (Ahoufe Patricia) together with her team embarked on her mission to empower young female students of Gomoa Dampase D/A Model Basic School against sexual abuse in the Central Region of Ghana.
‘She Power’ in collaboration with Lokanda a non-governmental organization creating awareness and empowering young girls against sexual abuse in Africa with the vision to promote gender equality and end sexual violence against women and children.
It is an effective Girl Child protection program with an educational curriculum designed to create and ensure a culture of safety and security for all educational institutions teaching practical, fun and appropriate simple effective means of awareness, prevention, escape and survival skills and also to provide long-term support of female child victims of sexual abuse.
Last Week Wednesday’s 25th July, saw 72 female students between Class 6-JHS 2 within the ages of 12-18 learnt and practice safety skills to understand consent, build confidence, recognize, prevent and also report any form of sexual misconduct ranging from stalking, rape, molestation, inappropriate touching and comments, watching pornography and sexual exploitations in order to curb the disturbing statistics of about 33% of children and 27% of women said to have been sexually abused by the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) in Ghana.
With the aim to study and determine the prevalence of physical, sexual and emotional forms of abuse, Miss Opolu Agyeman explained thoroughly and conducted a survey with questionnaires distributed amongst the girls. In an address, she stated, among other things that: “I am very humbled and privileged to be given such an opportunity to contribute my quota to our nation-building”.
She continued that, It is my prayer and hope that together with support from friends, government, stakeholders and everyone out there, we can give a voice to all women to speak out and defend our rights and also fulfill our full potential especially dealing with such underreported chronic behavior destroying the future of our young women and children.
For his remarks Headmaster of the school Mr. Paul Dagbui Joseph stating that “I have witnessed and I trust that She Power is the new dawn to stop abuse in our schools and has come to stay, please don‘t go we need you here.”
With smiles on their faces, the children applauded and screamed the She Power Mantra “She Power- My Right, My Voice”.