New Drama Series On Abuse Launched

The Young Heart Foundation (YHF) in partnership with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has launched a new TV/drama series on abuse.

The series, ‘Breaking the Silence’, aimed at reducing the abuse meted out to women, children and vulnerable people in the country will begin showing early next year on ETV or UTV.

Addressing an audience at the launch, Norman Amidu, consultant and producer of the series, said the series was developed mainly to address negative issues and other vices women experience in the society.

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 the public against the practice,’ he said.

On his part, 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.

‘Each one of us present here today has a role to play and we must love each other and be our brother’s keeper,’ he added.

Maame Afia Konadu, a seasoned broadcast journalist at 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 among stakeholders to empower women and children.

‘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.

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 mandated.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri