As part of activities to mark NORSAAC’s fifteen years anniversary celebration last year, the first ever Northern Ghana Sexual and Reproductive Health Conference (SRHR) for young people was held in Tamale in August, 2017 to bring together young females to create space for the young people to present their case to policy makers and make follow up demands for review or enforcement of these policies.
In attendance at the opening ceremony was the Mayor of Tamale Hon. Iddrisu Musa Superior who eulogized NORSAAC for their impact on the development and progress of the less privileged in the northern sector especially women and children and urged them to do more in order to eradicate poverty and improve lives in the northern vicinity.
The Northern Regional Minister Hon Salifu Saeed who graced the climax of the conference also expressed his delightedness to NORSAAC and its partners for organizing such a conference for young people who are the prospects of the country and challenged the young people to make sure they excel in all endeavors regardless of their backgrounds, age, gender or circumstance.
The conference which saw a huge patronage and made a great impact last year on young people in the region has encouraged NORSAAC and its partners to make the conference an annual event, according to the organizers.
Consequently, NORSAAC and its partners will holding the second edition of the Northern Ghana SRHR for young people between the ages 15 to 24 across the three regions of the north.
The 2nd NORGHA conference will bring together 300 young people to interact with each other and reproductive health experts to know more about sexual reproductive health and its related matters. The NORGHA 2018 is will also aid young people to engage with stakeholders on issues surrounding their sexuality and enabling environment for reproductive health services.
There will also be sessions on career guidance, mentorship and coaching in identified livelihood skills. The first 50 young people to register shall benefit from this particular package.
Speaking to a Project Officer in NORSAAC Miss Nancy Yeri who also works under the gender and governance at the same outfit, she explained that this year’s conference is focusing on how young boys and girls can overcome the socio-cultural and religious barriers.
She revealed that new innovations such as livelihood skills which will make participant acquire some basic skills on how to earn income out of that.
The NORGHA 2018 will commence on the 27th of August, to the 1st September, 2018 at the Tamale Girls’ Senior High School (Pagnar) and is on the theme “Overcoming socio- cultural and religious barriers to young people’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) information and services in Ghana; the position of the young people”.
NORSAAC is an empowerment for change organization committed to women and young people in Ghana’s Northern Region.
Dedicated to championing an improved quality of life for empowered women, youth, and marginalized groups asserting their rights, NORSAAC actively engages in community and policy-based work in the following areas: Sexual Rights and Reproductive Health, Gender and Governance, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development, and Education and has its head office in tamale in the Northern region.
By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe – Kesmi News