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GIJ WOCOM Educates Young Women On Relationships and Mental Health 

 The Women’s Commissioner of GIJ SRC, Ms. Suraiya Gomda in collaboration  Nathaniel Alpha, a Level 300 student, together with Women Commissioners of the various classes, brought young women at the Ghana Institute of Journalism together to witness the much awaited Girl Talk Forum. The event was organised to educate young women on the need for building good relationships and managing sexual and mental health effectively, in the wake of the rampant suicidal crimes among most young women, especially at the tertiary level. 

The event which got massive turn up by female students of the institution touched on the following topics:  Building a successful relationship, Misconception about contraceptives and sex, Challenges of the 21st Century woman, Mental Health (Depression). The moderators who were women from amazing backgrounds included, Ama Afun who is a Clinical Psychologist, Salma Mohammed, Deborah Asmah of Npontu technologies, Rita Kusi of threesixtyGh, and Yaa Boatemaa. 

Some nuggets from the event included, the need for sexual education among women, well-defining a romantic relationship, symptoms and causes of depression or mental illnesses, knowing oneself before entering a relationship, increase in the use of effective methods of conceptives including condoms, building a strong family relationship before all others, among various exciting and educative lessons. 

There was a final Q/A session where the heart boggling questions of the young ladies were dealt with by the moderators. The ladies were also refreshed with some beverages by kind courtesy of Ms. Shemimah Dapilaa, a level 300 student. It was very encouraging for the organizers to mention that more of such events will be subsequently held. ‘Ayekoo’ to the organisers and all hands which were on deck to make this event a success. 

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