Ghanaian Media to Advocate on Comprehensive Sexuality Education

12 December 2018
Ms Erika Goldson UNFPA Deputy Representative addressing the participants

UNFPA Ghana, still on its responsibility to ensure that comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), is a great tool for empowering the adolescent girl, has appealed to the Ghanaian media to be a strong advocate in this area.

Speaking at the event held at the International Press Center in Accra, on 10th December, 2018, UNFPA Deputy Country Representative, Erika Goldson stated that the discourse with the media is for them to understand clearly the concept and importance of CSE for the Ghanaian girl child.

Also, she mentioned that the media is fundamental for UNFPA to help address the risks and vulnerabilities concerned with the adolescent girl.

Notably, United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Representative, Cynthia Prah appreciating the role of UNFPA in the area of CSE, however, encouraged that Ghanaian journalists need to be sensitive when reporting on CSE issues and not focus on the criminality aspects only.

Further, there was a presentation on the national CSE guidelines developed by the Republic of Ghana and supported by UNFPA and partners to the media.

The main objective for the national CSE guidelines is to ensure that young people through CSE acquire accurate, reliable and age-appropriate information on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Additionally, another focus of the CSE guideline is to develop the skills of young people on areas such as critical thinking, communication, negotiation, self-esteem, confidence building as well as equipping them to make right and informed choices.

Journalists present at the press interaction requested for capacity building in the area of CSE to gain in-depth knowledge in order to educate the general public.