Persons With Disability Sports Day; NGO Educate Disabled Girls On SRHR Rights And Legal Literacy Issues At Bosome Freho

A nongovernmental organisation Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG) has as part of it’s programmed activities organised an activity dubbed Persons with Disability Sports Day to educate Girls with Disability on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and legal literacy issues at Bosome Freho District in Ashanti Region.

BACKGROUND
A day’s Sporting activity was organized for out-of-school adolescent girls with disabilities by Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG) in partnership with the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR) on the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) project: a UNFPA funded project in the Bosome Freho District Assembly.

INTRODUCTION
The program was held on Saturday, 8th June, 2019 at the Asiwa Methodist Church premises. The program was held to educate out-of-school adolescent girls with disabilities on the SRHR and legal literacy issues and to build their assertive skills to access family planning (contraceptive) services in adolescent friendly centres in the Bosome Freho District. The program was moderated by Miss Faustina Osei Prempeh, the Programme Manageress for RRIG. Victoria Nyarko, Public Health Officer for Bosome Freho Health Directorate facilitated the program.

OBJECTIVES FOR THE ACTIVITY
1.To educate out-of-school adolescent girls with disabilities on SRHR as a human right

2.To build the assertive skills of out-of-school adolescent girls with disabilities to access contraceptive services at adolescent friendly centres.

3.To sensitize out-of-school adolescent girls with disabilities on legal literacy issues.

STAKEHOLDERS/PARTICIPANTS PRESENT
A total of 36 participants were present out of which 28 were females and 8 were males: 18 adolescent girls, 1 traditional leader, a representative from the Department of Social Welfare, 1 Assembly Member, 9 Parents/ Guardians, the President of Ghana Federation of Disabilities (GFD in the Bosome Freho District, representative from the Ghana Health Service, 2 RRIG staff and 2 media personnel.

DETAILS OF THE ACTUAL ACTIVITY
Presentation on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and legal literacy by Victoria Nyarko, Ghana Health Service, Asiwa

Topics discussed
1. Benefits of contraceptive use
2. Reproductive Health Rights
3. Privacy
4. Gender based Violence
5. Children’s Rights

Key Messages
1.The Right to Life: using family planning to avoid pregnancies which carry high risks for maternal and infant mortality.

2.The Right to Equality and to be Free from all forms of Discrimination against on the grounds of race, ethnicity, colour, poverty, sex or sexual orientation, marital status, family position physical and mental disability, age, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. The right to Equality can be used to campaign against discrimination with regards to access to:

3.Girls with disabilities have the right to Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Services

4.Girls with disabilities have the right to access Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information and education

5.The Right to Decide Whether or When to have Children: to choose and use a method of protection against unplanned pregnancy which is safe and acceptable to them.

6.Contraceptives should only be taken at the health facilities

7.Emergency contraceptives should not be treated as long term contraception.

Sporting activities
Some sporting activities were undertaken during the program: Lumino, Ludo, Oware and Draught were played among the girls. Other girls with disabilities engaged in a 100 meters race competition.

RESULTS FROM THE ACTIVITY
The participants showed a high level of understanding of the issues that were discussed at the Sports day. They pledged to protect themselves from Sexual Violence.

CHALLENGES:
The frequent rainfall in the Bosome Freho District delayed the program. It also interrupted the sporting activities therefore most of the participants preferred indoor games.

CONCLUSION
Girls with Disabilities were encouraged to visit any Adolescent Health Friendly Centre within their communities to learn more about Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights services.