The Fanteakwa South District of the NCCE in Osino organized a durbar to sensitize the public on negative socio-cultural norms and practices inhibiting gender equality. This activity occurred on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.

They engaged market women, GPRTU union reps, tailors, beauticians and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) within the district. Other Resource persons present were Heads of Departments in the District Assembly, the District Chief Executive, the Queen mother of Osino and the District Director for the Ghana Education Service (GES).

The District Director for the NCCE, Mr. Kwadwo Adu-Asare in his speech echoed that the negative sociocultural norms and practices are an infringement on the rights of a person and as such ought to be stopped (Articles 15, 17 and 21 of the 1992 Constitution, and SDG goal 5). Some negative practices discussed were cruel widowhood rites where spouses are forced to have sexual relations with their dead spouses or marry them if they were yet to marry female genital mutilation (FGM), and puberty rites that expose the private parts of the girls.

The District Chief Executive, Mr. Ernest Ofosu spoke on the abolishment of such outmoded practices, especially where girls are deprived of going to school, but boys are granted that privilege by their parents.

Mr. Kwadwo Adu-Asare expressed his profound gratitude to all participants and assured them of a positive contribution to society, and nation-building as a whole.

Mr. Kwadwo Adu-Aare (District Director) sensitising the audience to desist from FGM

Mr. Kwadwo Adu Asare interacting with the audience on some of the negative cultural norms.

Hon. Nkumssah (Assembly Member for Bosuso) encouraged Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to strive for excellence. He said that disability is not inability.

The District Chief Executive, Mr. Ernest Ofosu (in white) encouraged parents to support their daughters through school, as much as their sons.


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