Some Selected youth leaders in the upper west region have been trained on issues related to Gender Based Violence (GBV). The training which was spearheaded by Pelco Consult, a training and consultancy firm is set to embark on campaign against Gender Based Violence in the region.
The purpose of the training is to equip the selected trainers on how to effectively communicate matters related to gender based violence and be an advocate for change against this societal canker. The training took place in the regional capital, Wa.
From the Media to community leaders, political players or celebrities, the hugely packed program run the trainees through the various strategies that can be used to fight against GBV at the community level all the way to the National Policy Makers.
Trainees/ Trainers were zoned under different target groups and equipped with relevant skills and knowledge that will help fight GBV.
With rich background in training and communication events in the past, Pelco Consult will then unleash these trainers/trainees across the region in a bid to send the messages down to the average Ghanaian.
The campaign will target different stakeholders such as school children, boys and girls, men and women, lawmakers, traditional and religious leaders, faith-based organizations, private sector workers and the judicial wing concurrently.
Trainers/ Trainees were visibly happy with the new knowledge acquired and ready to storm the communities and the targeted audiences in the coming days.
Trainers and other opinion leaders were also urged to use social media platforms to consciously fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV).
Lead trainer, Ismail Saani, called on the trainers to champion the Gender Based Violence in their communities and ensure violence free community.
"You can be the missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle by showing the way. Use the knowledge acquired here to positively impact society and educate families, community leaders, local celebrities, religious leaders and other stakeholders on how their platforms can help stop Gender Based Violence. Encourage victims to report violence in time to avoid loss of evidence", the lead trainer said.
He added, "silence is not the way to go. Don't encourage victims to endure pain or keep quite. Try to educate children and survivors of GBV to become lead campaigners against Gender Based Violence".
The trainers will be hitting various parts of the upper west region to educate people against GBV and it's accompanying side effects.