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HFFG trains media on SRHR reporting

Cultural sensitivities and myths surrounding sexuality often prevent young people from getting accurate reproductive health information, thereby inhibiting them from accessing their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). This puts young people at risk of unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Hope for Future Generations, under the Get Up, Speak Out (GUSO) project, has trained about twenty journalists from Tamale, in the Northern Region of Ghana on how they can diffuse the myths and culture of silence and stigma associated with reproductive health issues of young people.

The journalists were also urged to bring sexual and reproductive health matters of young people to the attention of people who can influence public health policies.

Many young people in Ghana face barriers to reproductive health information and care. Some continue to be subjected to forced marriages, sexual abuse and other forms of gender-based violence. Journalists should amplify the voice of young people on SRHR issues,” the Communication Officer of HFFG, Attah-Effah Badu stressed.

He entreated journalists to raise awareness on the need for duty-bearers to include young people, especially those living with disabilities when in the drafting of health programs and policies at all levels.

He tasked participants to promote the rights of young people and advocate for more investments in reproductive health care for young people.

The Northern Regional Coordinator of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Emmanuel Cudjoe Holortu enlightened the media on rights of children, and sexual and reproductive health right that needs media attention.

He urged the media to eschew sensationalism when covering reproductive health issue and take precautions to protect identities of minors involved sexual assault or gender-based violence.

The GUSO project in Ghana is being implemented by the Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and is closely supervised by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affair.

It seeks to ensure that all young people fully enjoy their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in productive, equal and healthy societies.