Traditional authorities in Ghana have been urged to modernize puberty rites since they give room for the abuse of girls in their present forms.
Marking the United Nation’s International Women’s Day (IWD) day over the weekend,Dr Charity Binka, Executive Director of Women, Media and Change (WOMEC) who called for the modernization, asked why girls were made to show their breasts to the public in the name of performing puberty rites after confinement.
Dr Binka stressed that, “I don’t think that any young person, girl or teenager if not because in the name of puberty rites would like to parade herself in public showing her breasts to the whole world but we are doing this because we said it is a culture”.
Speaking at a mentoring session organized by her outfit to commemorate the IWD’s with female students of the Ashaiman Senior High School she indicated that “we need to find ways to modernize them because these puberty rights can be modernized, if it is to train the children to become well behaved and not abused, we can do it in many ways, I don’t believe that if you want to train a child it must be done through showcasing of breast and marrying her off at that age”.
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