A follow-up session with Kayayei mentees as part of the CJ mentoring program held in Accra
Child marriage is defined as a formal marriage or informal union of children before the age of 18 is a violation of human rights.
It disproportionately affects girls, robs them of their childhood, threatening their lives and health. Girls who marry before age 18 are more likely to experience domestic violence and less likely to stay in school.
To stem its threat, the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Program to End Child Marriage was launched, among other goals, to promote the rights of adolescent girls to avoid such marriages and enable them to achieve their aspirations through empowerment pathways. healthy.
In line with the goals of the global program, UNFPA has partnered with the Chief Justice Mentorship Program with the support of the Purim African Youth Development Platform (PAYDP), to provide known chief carrier women under the name of “kayayei” the opportunity to build resilience and shape laudable career goals in life.
Speaking on behalf of the UNFPA Representative in Ghana, during a 2-day follow-up session with Mentees Kayayei of the Chief Judges Mentorship Program, October 7-8, Erata Hotel Accra, Ms. Selina Owusu , National Gender Program Analyst, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), noted that the Chief Judges Mentorship Program serves as a platform for young people to have experience of how the justice system works and also receive advice from accomplished people in various career perspectives.
Ms. Selina, pointed out that after expanding the beneficiaries of the mentoring program to include “kayayei”, every year since 2016, at least 20 girls are selected to be among the beneficiaries.
These “kayayei” beneficiaries are called “orange girls” under the program.
She has revealed a number of success stories from Orange Girls who have returned to school and successfully completed second cycle as well as higher education institutions. And there are others who have found their marks in companies and other career paths that require them to stop working as “Kayayei”.
“Despite COVID-19 and its effects on almost every aspect of life, we remain committed to ensuring that these girls can go through mentoring, develop the skills they need and be supported to make informed decisions about their future.
At UNFPA, we take a keen interest in this mentoring program as it is consistent with our mandate to create a world where the potential of every young person is realized, ”reiterated Ms. Selina Owusu.
She said, “Our continued commitment to ending child marriage means that this partnership with PAYDP and the Chief Justice’s Mentorship Program is indeed a viable partnership deeply rooted in our shared responsibility and investment to protect and empower. vulnerable girls. ”
The follow-up session according to her is to assess the impact of the initiative on their life, exploring new career paths despite their personal situation.
“With hard work, commitment and determination, nothing can stop you from achieving your full potential and dreams. Visualize these dreams and be prepared to put in the time, energy, and sacrifice to make them come true.
Don’t be distracted by unwanted interference and focus on the important task of being successful in life!
Life is bright, life is orange girls! With that, I wish you a successful session! Mrs. Selina Owusu, encouraged.
Reverend Aku Xornam Kevi, Executive Director of the Purim African Youth Development Platform (PAYDP), explained that the Chief Justices Mentorship Program, which has been running since 2007, was instituted by the Honorable Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Woods, to provide engagement with graduate students.
She said it is considered one of many programs aimed at reforming the delivery of justice and improving the general public’s perception of the justice system and the administration of justice in Ghana.
“Every year, young people from graduate institutions of selected schools across the country are brought to Accra and in particular to the premises of the Supreme Courts to interact with the Chief Justice, members of the judiciary, members of the legal fraternity, and also observe court proceedings as a means of exposing them and raising awareness of certain aspects of the legal profession and procedures related to the administration of justice.
In addition, the mentoring program aims to motivate the Kayayei to continue their education or undertake other activities in life, ”she said.
On the beneficiary side, Ms. Sallah Abudu, a former worker from Kayayei shared her sad past experiences, and further expressed her gratitude to UNFPA and PAYDP who came to her aid, thanks to which she was admitted to a nursing degree from the University. nursing training in Ghana.
Awudu Bailawu, from Techiman, also said that she has learned a lot of skills and is halfway through her sewing apprenticeship.
Ms. Seidu Wasila, through this initiative, was also admitted to the Saint Louis College of Education.
Many others also learned professional skills such as making beads, liquid soap and slippers through livelihood development skills training.