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Reinforcing the role of Muslim Clerics in achieving UNFPA’s 3 Zeros

UNFPA’s transformative results, the three zeros, which are zero unmet need for family planning, zero maternal mortality and zero occurrences of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) - can be a reality when all stakeholders are on board. In recognizing the critical role Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) in pursuit of this agenda, UNFPA Ghana works with FBOs to ensure their proactive actions in reducing teenage pregnancies, curbing SGBV and harmful practices such as child marriage.

To reinforce the relationship between UNFPA and the Muslim fraternity, UNFPA Resident Representative Mr. Niyi Ojuolape, and the Deputy Representative Dr. Agnes Ntibanyurwa, had a meeting with Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, the National Chief Imam of Ghana, at his residence in Accra on 18th November,2020.

The discussions were centered on teenage pregnancy (TP) and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and what role FBOs being critical agents of change can play. They touched on the role to play in addressing misconceptions relating to the delivery of SRH/SGBV information and services, among other tasks. “Working together, will go a long way in helping to curb TP and SGBV” Mr. Ojuolape mentioned. They also discussed the role of Muslim clerics in the uptake of family planning and engaging men and boys to end SGBV.

Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu assured UNFPA of his support and promised that his outfit will contribute to achieving the zeros especially in ending harmful practices against women and girls.

The Chief Imam has graced a number of UNFPA-led advocacy and policy dialogues with FBOs towards the elimination of sexual and gender-based violence and bring to zero maternal mortality in Ghana. He continues to play a major role in the promotion of peace in the country even as Ghana prepares to go to the polls on December 7.