COVID-19: Traders Urged To Invest In Procurement Of PPE

Madam Aba Oppong, a Human Rights Activist, has underscored the need for traders and shop owners to acquire for themselves Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to prevent them from contracting the coronavirus.

She said traders needed PPEs such as nose masks, hand sanitizers, and Veronica Buckets in their shops and places of work to protect themselves and their customers as well.

“I am not against government authorities and philanthropists distributing such equipment to traders in this period, but I strongly urge them not to wait until they are given to them,” she explained, adding that, “the earlier one guards against contracting COVID-19, the better it will be for us all”.

Re-Opening Of Schools Should Be Systematic - Activist

Mr. Stephen Ofosu Darfour, a child rights activist, has called on the government to adopt a systematic approach towards re-opening of schools in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

He said there should be clear laid down rules and regulations regarding how schools should be re-opened and operated, with focus on strict compliance to the existing preventive protocols instituted by the government to contain the spread of the virus in the country.

Mr Ofosu Darfour, who is the Ashanti Regional Director, In-charge of Child Protection, at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Kumasi that, there should be clear cut guidelines, if schools were made to re-open.

Be bold to report any abuse during the lockdown – Aba Oppong

Madam Aba Oppong, a child rights activist, has called for women and children to bold to report to the appropriate authorities any form of abuse they suffer during the period Ghanaians have been asked to shelter in place.

Victims of domestic violence, should refuse to suffer in silence and expose offenders.

She said the anxiety and frustration of many as a result of the imposition of restriction on movements could push them to maltreat their wives and children at the least provocation.

Madam Aba Oppong, who is the Executive Director of Rights and Responsibilities Initiative Ghana (RRIG), an NGO, working to promote the growth and development of children, made the call when she spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi.

‘Parents must intensify education on coronavirus for children’ - Aba Oppong

 Aba Oppong, a child rights activist, has called on parents to intensify efforts in educating children on the prevention protocols of the COVID-19.

She said as schools in Ghana had been closed as part of measures to minimise the spread of the virus, it was important that parents and guardians also put in the right measures to prevent the spread in their homes.

They should supervise them on how to remain healthy by washing hands properly with soap under running water, the use of sanitizers, maintaining social distancing, keeping the throat moist, and wearing of nose masks among others.

Disabled adolescent girls receive training on how to stay safe

Adolescent girls with various forms of disabilities in the Bosome Freho District have been sensitized on how to stay safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was during a sports day organized by the Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG) in partnership with the Alliance for Reproductive Health and Rights (ARHR) for the girls at Asiwa.

Funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the event sought to expose the participants to the basic safety protocols of COVID-19 to ensure that they are not left behind in the fight against the pandemic.

It was on the theme: “Keeping Safe During COVID-19: Protective Nutrition and Reproductive Health Rights”.

Public health workers took turns to educate the girls on the safety protocols as well as eating healthy foods to build a strong immune system.

Stakeholder meeting for reproductive health project held at Asiwa

Asiwa (Ash), May 04, GNA – A stakeholders’ meeting on the implementation of a reproductive health project which seeks to empower out-of-school adolescent girls in the Bosome Freho District, has been held at Asiwa.
The project dubbed, “Empowering Adolescent Girls”, is expected to build the capacity of young girls to take the right decisions on their sexual and reproductive health by providing them accurate information on sexual and gender-based violence.

Funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the project is being implemented by the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR) in collaboration with Rights and Responsibilities Initiative Ghana (RRIG).
The meeting was attended by representatives from traditional authorities, district assembly, the district health directorate, persons with disability, clergy, opinion leaders, and parents.

It was to discuss implementation strategies and the role that stakeholders could play to achieve the desired results in the District, which has one of the highest prevalence of teenage pregnancies in the Ashanti Region.

Let’s revisit community training of children – Stakeholders

Kumasi, June 08, GNA – The departure from the days when everybody’s child could be corrected by an elder in a community, has been identified as one of the factors driving moral decadence among Ghanaian youth.

Stakeholders who attended a two-day capacity building workshop on the implementation of an adolescent girl's reproductive health project believe the paradigm shift in training of children, where only their parents have authority to correct them is fueling child delinquency in society.

They are therefore advocating for legislation to create an environment that promotes neighborliness in the interest of proper child upbringing.

The workshop organized by the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR) was to build the capacity of participants on the effective implementation of the project as key actors.

It was attended by community-based organizations, health workers, media, and other non-state actors drawn from the project implementing districts.

Parents urged to seek legal remedy for abused girls with disability

Asiwa (Ash), June 16, GNA – Parents of girls with disabilities have been advised to seek a legal remedy for their children when they suffer any form of sexual abuse.

Mr. Cornelius Derry, the Bosomtwe District Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) who gave the advise, said the rights of such children, like any other Ghanaian, were guaranteed in the 1992 Constitution and must be protected at all times.

He entreated parents to speak up and seek redress for their abused children and desist from covering up cases involving their wards for fear of stigmatization.

He was addressing some adolescent girls with various forms of disability during a legal literacy training at Asiwa in the Bosome Freho District as part of a reproductive health project for adolescent girls being implemented in the district.

CSOs inaugurate programme to promote voices of children in Ashanti

Kumasi, July 29, GNA - A programme meant to raise the voices and assist children to take part in decision making at all levels, has been out-doored in Kumasi.

Dubbed “Children’s Parliament” it is being implemented by the Defence for Children International (DCI) Ghana and Rights and Responsibilities Initiative Ghana (RRIG), both child rights NGOs, under the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) Project.

It seeks to mobilise children aged 12-18 to form mock parliaments to share ideas, know their rights, respect each other’s views and ensure peace amongst themselves in their communities and schools.

Madam Aba Oppong, Executive Director for RRIG, speaking at the inauguration of the programme in Kumasi, said there were a profound change in paradigms related to child participation, with decision-makers changing their perception of children as objects of protection, to agents of change and rights-holders.

Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (Rrig) Annual Report for The Period: January – December, 2019

This report highlights the programme activities carried out by Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives
Ghana (RRIG) in the Bekwai Municipal Assembly, Bosome Freho District Assembly, and Kumasi
Metropolitan Assembly in the Ashanti Region and the Nzema East Municipal Assembly in the Western
Region for the period January – December, 2019.

Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana undertook series of programmes

January, 2018 Report On The 2017 International Women’s Day Celebration In Bekwai Municipality At Bekwai Islamic Basic School On The Theme: Be Bold For Change

Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG) with support from the Ghana NGO Coalition on the Rights of the Child (GNCRC) observed the 2017 International Women’s Day celebration in Bekwai Municipality. The program took place on Wednesday, 8th March, 2017 at the Bekwai Islamic Basic School. The theme for the celebration was Be Bold for Change.

The participants were pupils from Bekwai Islamic Junior High School. In attendance were teachers of the school as well as members of the Community Child Protection Committee in Bekwai Zongo. The role of the committee is to promote and strengthen children’s rights in the Bekwai Zongo Community. Their role also includes;


The Rights and Responsibilities Initiative Ghana (RRIG) is a female – led Non-Governmental Organization established in 2015. RRIG seeks to improve on the conditions of vulnerable people in the society through community participation, engagement, accountability and capacity building in the realization of their full potential and total human development.

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