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National Stakeholders Forum on Kayayei Held

19

Nov 2014

A National Stakeholders Forum to discuss actions suitable to nib Kayayei in the bud has been organized in Accra.

The Forum, organized by the Christian Council of Ghana in collaboration with Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, is aimed at   unraveling the challenges confronting girls engaged  “kayayei”.

 

The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), Mrs Della Sowah, announced this on the floor of   parliament yesterday when she appeared before the House to respond to a question by the MP for Oforikrom, Ms Elizabeth Agyeman.

She disclosed that, “the idea behind the forum is to gather all stakeholders to discuss the challenges of Kayayei and come out with a broader, consultative and participatory plan for action.

She informed the legislators that   Government as part of its agenda to reduce poverty in the three northern regions of the country had identified   15000 extremely poor and vulnerable families to benefit from the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) in order to curb the “kakayei” menace which has bedeviled cities.

She said the Ministry was currently planning to set up centres beginning March, 2015 to offer humanitarian support to the girls in Agblobloshie, Mallam Atta and Oforikrom markets in order to provide healthcare and social needs, adding that the centres would be managed by the Department of Social Welfare and health care providers.

She also informed members that a DFID support program was expected to commence next year.

to help tackle the gap in social protection for adolescent girls who find themselves in difficulty and vulnerable situation especially, street children and kayayei business.

She cited some reasons identified for girls migration to the south as secure funds for the upkeep of their younger siblings back home, adding that the LEAP 1000 project would reduce the financial cost for providing nutritional needs of children, improving dietary needs and also tackle adolescent vulnerabilities.

Mr Sowah said economical empowerment of women was a critical strategic intervention which should be addressed as a matter of urgency to curb the migration of girls from the North for Kayayei business.

Source: ISD (Richie Osei Asiedu)

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