University of Michigan shapes sexual violence prevention program in Ghana
Medical School and Nursing colleagues discuss gender-based violence and what it means to give consent to create a spin-off of U-M's Relationship Remix
University of Michigan researchers are working closely with faculty and students in Ghana to create a sexual violence prevention and education program at the University of Cape Coast.
Together they discuss gender-based violence and what it means to give consent to help create a culturally appropriate spin-off of U-M's Relationship Remix.
“We are trying to understand the phenomenon of sexual violence within Ghana and how students talk about consent, and what sexual violence and sexual harassment even mean to them,” says Michelle Munro-Kramer, assistant professor in the School of Nursing and one of the researchers on the project. “For many of the students, it is the first time the topics are being addressed so openly among men and women in a conservative culture that experiences a high rate of gender inequality,” she adds.
Munro-Kramer is collaborating with another U-M researcher whose focus also is reproductive health in Ghana, Sarah Rominski of Global REACH, the Medical School's international initiative. Combined, the two have traveled to Ghana more than 20 times since 2009, and have been specifically focusing on this project since 2015.
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