Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) is making waves in the global space following a remarkable achievement at the 5th United Nations (UN) Global Entreps Awards.
The organization’s Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Kobla Wemakor, appeared on Metro TV’s ‘Morning Rush’ to discuss this landmark achievement and future aspirations.
Wemakor noted that the organization’s primary mission was to protect, promote, and enhance human rights, particularly among the vulnerable class, including women, children, and the marginalized, in Ghana.
As a non-profit organization, Human Rights Reporters Ghana has been at the front-line tackling issues such as kidnapping, child abuse, and gender-based violence. It is this commitment to human rights advocacy that resulted in HRRG being honored globally.
The 5th UN Global Entreps Awards recognized the exceptional contributions made by the Human Rights Reporters Ghana towards the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.
The awards are designed to honor and encourage individuals, organizations, projects and initiatives that have contributed significantly to achieving these goals.
Human Rights Reporters Ghana bagged the award in Best International Practice on Sustainability category for its Nationwide Sensitization Campaign on Kidnapping, Teenage Pregnancy and Tramadol/Drug Abuse (‘KTT Project’).
The organization was honored for its commitment to combating kidnapping, teenage pregnancy and substance abuse in Ghana’s schools, communities, PTA’s and churches, and its work ensuring that women, children, particularly girls, are protected.
In an interview with Metro TV’s Morning Rush host Nana Yaa Tanoah Boakye, Wemakor expressed gratitude for the recognition and dedicated the win to the entire nation.
“This award is for Ghana and gives us more motivation to keep doing what we do,” Wemakor said. “Our main concern is to enhance the lives of the people we are serving, and winning this award reiterates the importance of our work”.
The discussion, initially, was aimed at addressing the recent instances of human rights violation in Ghana as well as exposing steps taken by the HRRG to ensure justice for the victims.
Wemakor further addressed future strategies for the organization. He noted that HRRG would increase its efforts to cover the sixteen (16) regions of Ghana focusing on remote communities, educating them about their human rights, and providing avenues to report violations.
He also emphasized on exploring partnerships to empower more children and called on government, civil society organizations (CSOs), International organizations, benevolent institutions and well-wishers including other stakeholders to come on board and assist the Human Rights Reporters Ghana to achieve its objectives.
The 5th UN Global Entreps Awards saw participation from over 126 countries with nominations in various categories such as clean water and sanitation, clean energy, decent work, and economic growth. The awards were held in San Jose de Costa Rica (Central America).
The recognition of Human Rights Reporters Ghana at this global platform speaks volumes about the organization’s commitment to human rights advocacy. It is indeed a proud moment for Ghana and a major milestone towards realizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Watch a video on the interview below