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Actions to stem violence against women and girls ‘needed now more than ever’

Over the past two years, there has been “an unprecedented increase in all forms of gender-based violence,” the UN Deputy Secretary-General told a high-level meeting in Kigali, on Thursday, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as a major contributor. “Nearly one in two women reported that they, or a woman they know, experienced some form of violence,” Amina Mohammed said at the Commonwealth ...

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African governments advised to reduce growing reliance on plastic-packaged Water

A Call has been made on African Governments to take steps to address the increasing reliance on plastic packaged (sachet) water on the continent. The trend, according to Africa Water Justice Network is spiraling up as a result of perceived low quality of distributed water and lack of access to most peri-urban dwellers. The group said, though African Governments have ...

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Special Prosecutor freezes all assets of Sir John

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has frozen all assets of the late CEO of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie aka Sir John. The latest move is part of investigations, the office has commenced, into the acquisition of state lands and properties that were contained in his will. On Sunday, May 22, it emerged that the will of ...

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Take a second look at imprisoning youth for drug abuse – Osei Owusu

A call has been made for Ghana’s laws to look at alternatives instead of incarcerating people for substance abuse. This call was made by the Executive Director of POS Foundation, Jonathan Osei Owusu, at a workshop on the Narcotics Control Commission Act 2020 (1019) for Law Enforcement and Police Prosecutors. He believes substance abusers should be helped with rehabilitation whilst traffickers are ...

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MindFreedom rolls out project to improve mental well-being of persons with psychosocial disabilities

MindFreedom Ghana, a leading mental health advocacy organization has set in motion a project that seeks to improve the mental well-being of persons with psychosocial disabilities and their caregivers in the communities. The one year project, which is expected to end in February 2023 is supported by Equal Rights in Action Fund of the National Democratic Institute of the United ...

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ABANTU rallies support for passage of Gender Equality Bill  

Abantu for Development, a leading women’s rights advocacy organization in Ghana has engaged a section of the media to help with the drive to ensure the quick passage of the Gender Equality Bill (Affirmative Action Bill) into law. Abantu has in its previous meetings with stakeholders emphasized that the continuous delay in the passage of the bill into law was ...

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Africa Day harps on nutrition as AU meets in Malabo

Today, May 25, the continent celebrates Africa Day, which marks the anniversary of the signing of the OAU (Organization of African Unity) agreements which evolved into the present day African Union (AU).  On that day, May 25 1963, leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed the founding charter of the organization in Addis Ababa. Since then, the ...

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Former PPA CEO granted GH¢5 million bail

A former Public Procurement Authority head, Agyenim Boateng Adjei, and his brother-in-law, Francis Kwaku Arhin, have both been granted bail in the corruption prosecution by the High Court (Criminal Court 3 Division). The two pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of use of public office for profit, a charge that comes under the ambit of the office of the Special ...

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Governments Harm Children’s Rights in Online Learning

 Governments of 49 of the world’s most populous countries harmed children’s rights by endorsing online learning products during Covid-19 school closures without adequately protecting children’s privacy, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The report was released simultaneously with publications by media organizations around the world that had early access to the Human Rights Watch findings and engaged ...

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Traditional Leaders in Duayaw-Nkwanta sensitized on Ghana’s Mining Laws 

A-Day’s Orientation Workshop on Ghana’s Mineral and Mining Laws has been organized for the Traditional Leaders in Duayaw-Nkwanta in the Ahafo Region of Ghana.   The workshop was organized by the Livelihood and Environment Ghana (LEG) and chaired by the Paramount Chief of Duayaw-Nkwanta, Nana Boakye Tromo III. Speaking at the workshop, Mr. Richard Adjei-Poku (Executive Director) of Livelihood & ...

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