LGBT MOVEMENT IN GHANA APPLAUDS PRESIDENT AKUFO ADDO FOR SUCCESSFUL MEETING OVER COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION MATTERS
The Association of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender in Ghana, otherwise known as LGBT Movement in Ghana, wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation to the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, for the fruitful and thoughtful discussions on the Comprehensive Sexuality Education syllabus with the leadership of the movement at a close door meeting in Kumasi on October 6, 2019.
The President’s decision to pick our thoughts on the subject after a meeting with religious leaders, is an indication that His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo respects all shades of opinion regardless of how a person or group of persons are perceived by a section of the populace in Ghana. It also cast the President in a light as a respecter of rights of every human being, and a leader who forms his opinion after listening to all varying opinions to an issue. The level of tolerance and goodwill exhibited by the President was commendable and worth emulating.
Though the President was candid with us that CSE would not be introduced under his watch, the Movement strongly believes that with constant engagements with perons opposed to it, a time would come where all the misconceptions would be cleared for its smooth implementation. The resistance was long expected but that should not push officialdom to draw down the curtains on it. The spirited resistance to the CSE, as we see it, is borne out of prejudice and the lack of appreciation of the issues relating to one’s sexuality.
Once again, we applaud the President for recognizing our existence and seeking our opinion on the issue. The LGBT Movement in Ghana considered yesterday’s meeting as a step away from our clamor for official recognition and acceptance into our various communities. The President’s assurance that our rights would be respected and protected under his leadership is a milestone in our fight against discrimination and inhumane treatments.
Nana Opoku Awere Gyamera
October 7, 2019