The Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR) has held a training for 25 girls with disabilities at James Town in Accra on their sexual and reproductive rights.
The half day training program sought to build the capacity of the adolescent on how to protect themselves from sexual violence and exercise their legal rights.
It was part of the of the ARHR and the United Nations Populations Fund’s (UNFPA) Adolescent Health Project dubbed “Empowering Adolescent Girls through Improved Access to Reproductive Health Information and Services and Quality Gender-responsive SRH Services”.
The project, which is supported by the Canadian Government, seeks to improve access to adolescent friendly health services among girls.
Mr Micheal Aggrey, Programs Coordinator at the Alliance, said the ARHR is implementing the project in selected metropolis in 7 regions- Nzema East Municipal in the Western Region; Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem (KEEA) Municipal in the Central Region; Ashiedu Keteke Sub-District in the Accra Metropolis, Greater Accra Region; South Dayi District in the Volta Region and Bosome Freho in the Ashanti Region.
He said many of the participants are ignorant of their sexual rights and even places to seek help should the need arise.
Mr Aggrey urged them to own their reproductive health rights and be bold enough to report anyone who tries to violate their rights to the police or the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU).
Ms Noella Appiah, Programs Manager at International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA- Ghana), said it is very important for persons with disability to know their rights due to the discrimination they often encounter.
She said they will be better off and well protected when they understand their rights.