Regional Multi-Stakeholders SRHR Summit on Policies and Legislative Gaps
The 1992 Ghana constitution provides the legal framework that guarantees the freedom and liberty of her citizens. Since the promulgation of the constitution, a number of policies and legislative instruments have been enacted to create the enabling environment for citizenry to exercise their full inalienable human rights.
NORSAAC has focused its past interventions at the community level mobilizing and building capacities of right holders. Most of the right holder groups have expressed interest to demand from duty bearers what they truly deserve in society but are challenged when it comes to the legal and policy basis for their actions. They have little or no knowledge on SRHR laws and policies in Ghana. They neither have access to the laws and policies nor appreciate their content.
Based on these NORSAAC engaged a consultant to conduct a comprehensive desk review of the outlook of laws and policies supporting or constraining SRHR services in Ghana especially those that are related to young people and other critical sectors of the society.
A regional multi stakeholder’s forum which came off on the 24th of May, 2017 at the premises of Gariba lodge, Tamale was organized to validate the findings. It seek to open space for discussion of policies and laws in the country which are either inimical to progressive realization of rights of citizens, especially young people or serve as fertile grounds for enjoyment of rights.
This forum brought together key stakeholders (GHS Regional, DOVVSU, Regional CHRAJ, Regional Community Development, Coalition of NGOs in Health, NCCE, Parents, Young people, NYA, UDS, IIRacs, Media and CSOs) who are directly or indirectly linked to SRHR issues, to disseminate findings of the scoping study on policies and laws on SRHR of young people and to improve advocacy engagement with duty bearers in the region and country as a whole. It also initiated the discussion of policy briefs to be presented to various duty bearers for redress.
In total the forum bought together 30 stakeholders from various institutions.
Final report will be published on the website.