NORSAAC, has held a forum on a project dubbed “ENOUGH Project” which is aimed at fighting Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).
As part of the organization’s mission to empower women, female artist in the Northern Region were brought together to share their encounters regarding SGBV in the music industry.
The forum was in commemoration of the International Women’s Day.
The manager of the “ENOUGH Project”, Abdulai Nasiru explained that, the rationale behind the project is to equip individuals, private and public organizations to fight SGBV.
According to him, female artiste have been placed at the center of the project in order to propagate SGBV to the public as they are in the best position to voice out their grievances and female artist can use their influence to champion the cause since the youth love music.
The project, which will span for three years, provides the NGO and the female artistes the opportunity to work closely with organizations such as DOVSU, CHRAJ and other appropriate organizations to end SGBV in the region.
Speaking at the forum, a female artist in the Region, Amie, indicated that, their encounters usually starts as “We are in business” but ends up exceeding the boundaries of business to a relationship and if they decline, their entire contract or project is abrogated.
She lamented that, there are a lot of talented female artists in the region but due to sexual harassment some of them stay unnoticed.
She urged the public to support their music and avoid seeing them as objects for sexual satisfaction.
The “ENOUGH Project” was designed and is being implemented by NORSAAC to contribute to the global ENOUGH project funded by the European Union (EU) through a consortium of Oxfam and WiLDAF.
The project is being implemented in the Tamale Metropolis and the Zabzugu district in the Northern region and in the Sawla Tuna Kalba district in the Savannah region.
The goal of the “ENOUGH Project” is to create an enabling environment for girls and women to know, claim and exercise their rights to end sexual and gander based violence.
Source: Edward A. Ken-Zorre | www.diamondonline.com | Ghana