On November 18, 2023, Amnesty International Ghana (AI Ghana), under the leadership of the organization’s Growth and Activism Coordinator, Stephany Boateng, and the Human Rights Education and Youth Coordinator, James Selasi Quarshie, conducted a Human Rights Education and Membership Orientation at the Cape Coast Nurses and Midwifery Training College in the Central Region of Ghana.
The event, attended by students from the college, featured the presence of the Central Regional Director for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr. Daniel Amosah, Amnesty International Ghana Board Member Madam Gloria Emeka, and the Central Regional Coordinator for AI Ghana, Miss Estherla Banson.
During this meeting, the HRE and Youth Coordinator, James Quarshie, educated the students ending sexual and gender-based violence. He emphasized on the identification of such violence, even when subtle, power dynamics and authority in gender-based violence, and the significance of consent. The aim was to equip students with essential knowledge about sexual and gender-based violence and empower them to navigate such situations when they or someone they know encounters them.
The CHRAJ Regional Director reinforced the earlier points, engaging with students on the institutional mechanisms of sexual and gender-based violence, with a specific focus on addressing gender-based violence in schools, whether perpetrated by an authority figure or a student.
AI Ghana’s Growth and Activism Coordinator, Stephany Boateng, then took the stage to introduce AI Ghana to the student body. She reiterated Amnesty International Ghana’s focus, particularly under human rights education and menstrual and women’s rights. Additionally, she highlighted achievements over the years, notably the recent abolition of the death penalty in Ghana. Importantly, she officially launched the Cape Coast Nurses and Midwifery Training College Membership of AI Ghana, witnessing a substantial number of students expressing their willingness to join AI Ghana’s cause in protecting and promoting every individual’s rights.
The newly established AI Ghana cohort at the Cape Coast Nurses and Midwifery Training College now joins over 6,000 Amnesty Ghana members across the country, all dedicated and committed to advancing AI Ghana’s agenda and ensuring the light of public attention on human rights shines ever so brightly.