Barentu — During a workshop conducted in Barentu it was expressed that strengthening the knowledge of youths on law significantly contributes in reducing crimes and that the community and government institutions should sustainably reinforce their efforts towards that end.
In the workshop in which religious leaders, police, teachers, students as well as national associations and government institutions participated extensive discussion was conducted on ensuring the health and productivity of youths, refraining from sex crimes and related immoral activities and on the physical and psychological damage rape could inflict on victims.
Wide-ranging elaboration was also conducted by health professionals on negative consequences of under age marriage and female genital mutilation.
Dr. Leul Banteyrga, head of Ministry of Health branch, indicated that raping has negative effect on productivity and health of youths and that youths should ensure their health and reinforce participation in development programs in order to bring about sustainable social transformation.
Likewise, participants thoroughly discussed on the papers presented and expressed resolve to participate in the efforts to increase awareness of other youths.