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Inside Ghana’s Mafi-Dove village where childbirth is banned

Ever heard of a town or village where all its inhabitants were not birthed there? How about a village where pregnant women have to be rushed out when about entering labor because an age-old tradition bars birthing in the town? How about a town where there is no cemetery because burials are outlawed? Well, in Ghana’s Mafi-Dove community in the ...

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Judiciary urged to enforce laws to end child trafficking

Dr Peter Ndowie, the Director of the Pan African Organisation in Ghana, has urged the judiciary to impose stiffer punishement on child trfficking offenders. This was the way to go to provide protection for children. He invited the government of Ghana to join hands with neighbouring countries in the response against child- trafficking in Africa to enhance the welfare and ...

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Rape is not a chief palace matter – Executive Director of Divine Torch Foundation

The Executive Director for Divine Torch Foundation has asked parents to report rape and criminal issues to the Police and seek to settle them in chiefs’ Palaces or as a family matter. Louisa Atta Akpoto said, “Chiefs and pastors are not the appropriate people or means of settling rape and violence-related cases because these are criminal issues which must be handled by ...

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More women should be appointed as Supreme Court judges – Outgoing Chief Justice

Justice Sophia Akuffo

Outgoing Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo has made a call for the appointment of more women to the apex court of Ghana. Her ladyship, Justice Akuffo who was speaking at a ceremony after delivering her valedictory judgement argued that there are more women on the bench and that should be reflected in appointments to the Supreme Court. She explained that the ...

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Gender Ministry urged to quickly lay AABill before Parliament

Cynthia Morrison, Gender Minister

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has been urged to as a matter of priority lay the Affirmative Action Bill (AABill) before Parliament to ensure its quick passage into law.   Though some gender advocates are questioning the robustness of the currentdraft bill, others, particularly, the Affirmative Action Bill Coalition believes that the Bill can be find tuned ...

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Basic Needs, MEHSOG train peer groups on trauma and Organized Torture

Mr. Kofie presenting on trauma and organized torture

Mental Health Society of Ghana (MEHSOG)in collaboration with Basic Needs Ghana and Dignity International have trained peer support groups to increase their knowledge and skills to enable them recognize trauma, and link survivors of torture and organized violence to professional support. The training sessions were held recently in two districts, namely, Ga West and Ledzorkuku in the Greater Accra Region ...

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Let’s correct the thinking that ‘women should take backstage’ – Mike Oquaye

The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye has called for reinforcement of women empowerment and the enhancement of equal rights to boost women representation in decision making. He advocated allocation of seats to women who would like to contest for elections and urged political parties to reserve a quota for women to encourage their participation in politics and governance. ...

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Indecent dressing not invitation to rape – DOVVSU

Chief Superintendent Mercy Wilson Brown, Volta Regional Coordinator, Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service has said a girl’s dressing is not an invitation for a boy or a man to sexually abuse her. She said, “even if she walks naked, the highest you can go is to report her to the Police for indecent ...

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Appoint one PWD as Assembly member in each District of Ghana- GSPD to Gov’t

Even before Ghana  goes  to the polls  to elect Assembly  Members for the various District  Assemblies in the Country, an appeal has been made to the government to at  least appoint one  Person with Disability(PWDs) to each of  the 254 District Assemblies  in the country. The proponent, Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled (GSPD) observed that PWDs remain politically marginalized ...

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NHIA hopes to enrol all Ghanaians on scheme by 2030

Mr Raymond Avinu, Deputy Director, Membership and Regional Operations at the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) is advocating that by 2030 every single Ghanaian should have a National Health Insurance card. Mr Ayivu explained that the NHIA aims to ensure equity in health care coverage, access by the poor to healthcare services and protection of the poor and vulnerable against ...

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