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Empowering Women through Skills Training to Combat Modern Slavery in Ghana

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ActionAid Ghana (AAG) has urged women in Ghana to utilize their skills wisely to establish their own businesses for economic empowerment to support their families. The Bono, Bono East, and Ahafo Manager of AAG, Kwame Afram Denkyira, gave the advice at a ceremony where 39 women were given materials and equipment after being trained under the Combating Modern Slavery Project in Nsawkaw, Tain District of the Bono Region. The project is being funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation, with the aim of building the capacity of state institutions to protect vulnerable groups and victims of modern slavery.

The beneficiaries were trained in various skills, including detergent production, animal rearing, beekeeping, baking, soap making, mushroom, and vegetable cultivation, tiling, beads work, and make-up. Denkyira emphasized that households with alternative livelihoods could live dignified lives and resist indecent work, violence, exploitation, harassment, and abuse within workspaces.

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According to the International Labour Organization, approximately 27.6 million people are trapped in forced labor, and women and children constitute 11.8 million and 3.3 million of the number, respectively. Denkyira assured the AAG would continuously work tirelessly to support communities for sustainable development and appealed to the public to support vulnerable individuals and groups by building their capacities to resist and seek redress for their recruitment into modern slavery.

Modern slavery is evident in the forms of exploitation of children and women labor, particularly within the agricultural sector. The Ghana Enterprise Agency has been commissioned to train 400 female household heads to overcome their vulnerabilities to modern slavery practices since poverty has been the leading cause of taking the vulnerable into modern slavery. Additionally, the Anti-Modern Slavery Committees, in partnership with the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service, has successfully rescued 45 victims of human trafficking.

The Tain District Deputy Director of the Social Welfare Department, Prince Koduah Nimoh, commended AAG for the project to save women and children from such a menace. He also noted that it would help keep children in the area in school and not to be used as farm laborers for money during the cashew season.

For the most part, empowering women with skills training is an essential step in reducing vulnerability to modern slavery practices. The Combating Modern Slavery Project by the AAG is a commendable effort towards sustainable development and the eradication of poverty in Ghana. With support from government agencies and the public, more vulnerable individuals and groups can be rescued and empowered to live dignified lives.

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