As is the case with many other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, there are very little official statistics on VYA girls in Ghana. A number of recent publications, however, indicate that around 2% of VYA girls have had sexual intercourse by age 14 (13% by age 15), 2% are married by age 15 and about 1% have given birth by that age. Although VYA girls appear aware of sexual and reproductive health issues or HIV and other conditions they lack in-depth understanding and information and/or rely on equally uninformed peers or siblings.
NORSAAC works to empower rural and marginalised communities by strengthening their capacity to realise their rights and access services. NORSAAC started in 2002 as a community-based organisation raising awareness of HIV/AIDS among youth in schools. It is now a widely respected organisation working on sexual and reproductive rights, women’s rights and governance and livelihoods development. Where many livelihoods programmes in Ghana fail to meet market demand and focus on traditional trades for women, NORSAAC’s approach combines community interventions which challenge stereotypes with a well-rounded training model combining skills development, financial education, mentoring and post-graduation support.
EMpower’s 8th grant to NORSAAC will support the organisation as it works with girls and young women in the communities in which it operates to strengthen their representation in its decision-making and operations. 60 girls and young women will strengthen their leadership as well as self-esteem and self-confidence and take an active role in NORSAAC’s programmatic and operational work.
Primary Location: Tamale
Funded Since: 2012
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