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Violence against children is unjustifiable: Let’s prevent it

National statistics indicate that more than 90 per cent of children in the country have reportedly experienced some form of violence, either in their residence or in the school environment. The data from the 2011 Mapping and Analysis of Ghana’s Child Protection System report also shows that more than 21 per cent of women aged between 20 and 24 were ...

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Traditional authorities must help reduce child exploitations – DCFI

Traditional authorities have been rallied to join forces and support efforts at reducing child abuse and all forms of sexual exploitation, particularly against the girl-child. This is the path to travel to enable girls pursue meaningful education and also acquire employable skills to make their lives better in future. Mr Martin Opoku Sekyere, Field worker for Defence for Children International ...

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Health professionals urged to stop stigmatizing children with Special Needs

Some parents of children with cerebral palsy have expressed concern about the level of stigmatization in some hospitals when handling children with special needs. Some of the parents said that stigmatization of children with special needs especially cerebral palsy starts right at the hospitals with the kind of attitudes and behaviors some health care professionals show towards the children Mrs ...

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2020 Census to capture data on Disability

The 2020 Population and Housing Census to be done by the Ghana Statistical Services, will for the first time capture data on disability. The Statistical Service will be using the Washington Group of Questions, a set of questions on disability designed for census use in the survey of general population. Some disabled persons’ organizations have lauded the move, but have ...

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Two NGOs to build one million toilets

Two non-governmental organisations {NGOs}, Yapa Environment and Sulabh International Centre for Action Sociology { SICAS}, have started the construction of one million ”Twin Pit” toilet facilities across the country in an effort to end open defecation. The project, which is in collaboration with the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, is also aimed at helping the country to tackle the ...

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PWDs receive employment opportunity

Mrs Adodo Adih-Nuviadenu

A project to create employment and livelihood opportunities for the vulnerable such as people living with disabilities {PWDs}, women and children, has been unveiled in Accra. Named the “Thankful Hearts Project,” it will entail the training of selected persons in mosaic artworks, in partnership with some individuals, corporate bodies and government stakeholders, after which jobs and projects would be secured ...

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Businesses urged to give employment opportunities to PWDs

Mr  Gyimah  Minkah  Andrews, Chief  Executive Officer  of  the  Nana SKB  Foundation, a non- Governmental Organization based in Asokere in the Ashanti Region is encouraging the business community in the country to give employment opportunities to Person with  Disabilities(PWDs) as they have a lot of competencies imbedded in them. Mr Andrews who is a visually impaired graduate of the University ...

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Cases of FGM still common in Brong-Ahafo

Cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are still common in parts of the Brong-Ahafo Region despite intensified public campaign to eradicate the practice. Mrs Joyceline Adii, the Regional Director of the Department of Gender, said this in a meeting with journalists over the weekend. The perpetrators, mostly aged women, according Mrs Adii, have changed their modus operandi as they transported ...

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“Let’s condemn child marriage outright” – Sissila East MCE

Sissala East Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Karim Nanyua has called on stakeholders in the Upper West Region to denounce forced marriage including teenage pregnancy to allow young girls receive better education for holistic development. He said promoting empowerment of the girl child to overcome their challenges and also meet their needs in life could only be attained when their fundamental ...

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Early warning critical to conflict prevention – UN

Mr Adama Dieng

Mr Adama Dieng, the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Genocide Prevention, has said that early warning and respect for human rights are critical components in conflict prevention and mitigation. He said that violent conflicts, which resulted into atrocity crimes, did not just happened overnight; adding that there were always early signs of conflicts. “When the warning signs ...

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