Governments of Togo, Ghana and Benin to introduce education programs to stop Trokosi.
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Trokosi is a 300 year old religious practice, which is practiced in Ghana, Togo and Benin. It involves young girls being taken from their family to shrines, to be owned by a priest to be one of hundreds of his female slaves. They will be cut off from society, forced to work long days from dawn until late at night and are beaten to submit. After puberty, the girls are forced to carry the priest's children and will remain a slave in the shrine for the rest of their lives. After she is dead, her family must condemn another girl to take her place.
Although the practice is illegal, the government have made next to no effort to monitor and prevent it, as many former Trokosi cases are not investigated or given fair trial. This is not an attempt to rip apart an ancient culture, however these girls deserve not be violated mentally and physically and deprived of basic human rights.
This is why the Ghanaian, Togolese and Beninese governments should start community education programs, focussed on preserving culture, but respecting rights. These are our sisters being sentenced for someone else's crime that took a matter of minutes for eternity. It takes the community to send a girl to the shrine. Educate communities from within, so we can liberate women and children and end Trokosi.
If you have the time, this video showed me why this was a cause worth fighting for https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AnwkixlhxM
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