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OUR FLAGSHIP SUGAR-DADDY AWARENESS PROJECT DELIVERS A PROVEN SEX EDUCATION CURRICULUM TO YOUTH IN GHANA ABOUT THE RISKS OF DATING OLDER MEN.
Once presented with valuable gifts, young girls often feel compelled to engage in unprotected sex and many do not realize the risks associated with sugar-daddies or may not have the decision-making power to avoid these risks. A major challenge in addressing these risks in Ghana is helping youth to understand that the extreme risks of cross- generational relationships outweigh financial gains.
In Ghana, women are twice as likely to engage in sex before the age of 15 compared to their male counterparts, and 12 percent of young women (ages 15-24) reported that their partner was at least 10 years older. While these older men promise to provide a wealthier lifestyle to their young partners, they also put them at risk to various life-altering consequences, such as HIV/AIDS and unplanned pregnancy. In fact, in Ghana older men are 9 times more likely to have HIV/AIDS than their younger counterparts. Gender, age and socioeconomic disparities reinforce power dynamics in the cross-generational relationships such that girls lack the ability to negotiate safe sex practices.