Maternal mortality is the second leading cause of death, which is responsible for 14 percent of female deaths every year. As part of a strategy to reduce maternal mortality, HRAC has been working with the population council to integrate reproductive health and rights into the law curriculum at law schools across Ghana. The project has just begun and HRAC is currently researching the various issues. Part of this initiative includes appealing to the deans of the various law faculties in Ghana to see if there can be an incorporation of reproductive health rights in the courses for the law students, either through the creation of a separate course that discusses reproductive health or by incorporating issues of reproductive health into the current existing. The purpose of the amendments to the current law school curriculum is to ensure that the future lawyers, judges and lawmakers are aware of the need to protect women’s sexual and reproductive rights and are able to adequately advise women on the matters as it pertains to the law.
As part of this broader project, HRAC has been conducting workshops in rural communities to help educate rural women and communities about their sexual and reproductive rights. Most recently, we visited Zenu in the Ashaiman area, to speak to women in this community about family planning, their rights, contraceptives and domestic violence.