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Violence against women must stop; five stories of strength and survival

Conflicts, humanitarian crises and increasing climate-related disasters have led to higher levels of violence against women and girls (VAWG), which has only intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing into sharp focus the urgent need to stem the scourge. Globally, nearly one-in-three women have experienced violence, with crises driving the numbers even higher. Gender-based violence (GBV), the most pervasive violation of ...

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Accra is Africa’s 3rd most polluted city – 2020 World Air Quality Report

Accra is the 3rd most polluted city in Africa, according to the 2020 World Air Quality Report, published by Swiss firm, IQAir. The Malian capital, Bamako, topped the list of most polluted African cities, with the air quality there considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups”. Sebokeng in South Africa followed in the 2nd position. The city of Vereeniging in South Africa ...

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NHIS members urged to say no to copayments

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Deputy Chief Executive, Administration and Human Resources, Mrs. Yaa Pokuaa Baiden says out-of-pocket payments (copayments) for services covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is a clear violation of the rights of the Scheme’s active members. In a live televised discussion on Accra-based United Television (UTV), Mrs. Yaa Pokuaa Baiden hinted that the ...

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Fiscal consolidation non-negotiable in 2022 – Employers Association tells Gov’t

The Ghana Employers Association (GEA) has asked Government to commit to ensuring fiscal consolidation through the implementation of policies and programmes contained in the 2022 budget. The Association asked it to put mechanisms in place that would reduce deficits and debt accumulation, and set the economy on a growth path of five per cent or more in the 2022 fiscal ...

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EC to accept only Ghana Card as proof of citizenship in next voter registration

The Electoral Commission (EC) says it is ready to adopt the Ghana card as the only document to prove one’s citizenship in the next voter registration exercise. Dr Serebour Quaicoe, Director, Electoral Services at the EC, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that the Commission had already reached a consensus with the political parties and was waiting for ...

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Stopping road tolls make economic sense, it cost us more to have them – COPEC

The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC), has welcomed the directive by the government for the cessation of road toll collection. Its Executive Director, Duncan Amoah, in an interview on Eyewitness News said the move by the government makes economic sense as the collection of road tolls come at a cost far higher than the revenue generated. “We are very happy with the ...

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Charges on government services to go up by at least 15% in January 2022

Effective January 2022, the fees and charges for all government services will increase by at least 15%. This is according to the 2022 budget statement presented by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Per the document, the new charges will be subjected to an annual adjustment by the average inflation rate with the consent of the ...

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3rd African Girls’ Summit aimed at the fight against child marriage

Niger hosted the third African Girls’ Summit, as there is an upsurge of the violation of the right of the girl child and it couldn’t have come at a better timing for the fight against child marriage. The girls, who came from the four corners of the continent, made a strong appeal to African leaders and the international community to guarantee their ...

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5 takeaways from Mahama’s ‘Thank Ghana Address’

Former President John Mahama on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, climaxed his ‘Thank-you’ tour of the country with an address to Ghanaians dubbed: #ThankGhanaAddress. It was held at the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City, Accra. The former President touched on a number of issues on the economy, job creation, security, digitalization among others. Lessons from 2020 polls  The former president started ...

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Attorney-General directs GLC to admit 499 students, offers 3 pathways for admission

The Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, has directed the General Legal Council (GLC) to admit the 499 students who had earlier been denied admission to the Ghana School of Law. His direction follows two letters from the President, Akufo-Addo, requesting that he [Mr Dame] makes “the necessary intervention to the General Legal Council, on behalf of the 499 students, to address ...

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