The Young Heart Foundation (YHF) in partnership with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) launched a TV/Drama Series last week Friday at the Mensvic Grand Hotel.
The series, “Breaking the Silence” aimed at reducing the abuse churned at women, children and vulnerable people in the country.
Addressing audience at the launch, Norman Amidu, consultant and producer of the series, said the series was developed mainly to address negative issues and other inhumane vices women experience. He observed that the project came about as a result of a research carried out by YHF.
“Through this research we discovered abuse against women was high especially in Africa hence putting this series together to educate,” he said.
Mr. Amidu noted that though it is disheartening to see what women go through in hands of people especially men, the series also entertains.
On the title, Mr. Amidu indicated that it would help talk about issues affecting women.
On his part, Mr. Karim Philips, president of the Young Heart Foundation also urged women, youth and vulnerable people to rise up and boldly speak about issues which affect them negatively. “All of us present here today, has a role to play and we must love each other and be our brother’s keeper”.
Maame Afia Konadu, seasoned Broadcast Journalist, Peace FM lauded Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and the Young Heart Foundation for a series that created awareness on gender issues through a drama series.
She said the promotion of women issues is not for government only; rather a collective responsibility.
Maame Konadu, therefore called for partnership efforts among stakeholders that would empower women and children by giving them maximum projections. “We must make all developing projects cover all people”, she said.
She entreated all to be ambassadors of the differently abled-persons, women, children and the youth in the country.
“Let us care and empower a lot of people, the youth and women towards the country’s development, she said.
Maame Konadu however expressed concern at how women are not represented very well in the developmental roles of the country.
Mr. Francis Xavier-Sossu, a Human Rights Lawyer, encouraged women to report all harassments they face in their everyday life to the appropriate authorities.
He urged the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to sit up and perform as they had been mandated.