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Why girls in Paala are pushed into early marriages

Girls in the Paala community in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region have resorted to early marriages due to their inability to access schools in their locality. The girls have to commute long distances to other communities to attend basic school, which posed a challenge to many of the girls who chose to marry early, some at ...

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Police rescue 14 trafficked children at Juapong

Police in Ho have rescued 14 children trafficked from Tatale in the Northern Region to Adjena, near Akosombo in the Eastern Region, to work on vegetable farms. The children, eleven boys and three girls, aged 10 to 16, were rescued in transit at Juapong in the Volta Region on February 07. A press release from the Regional Police Command said ...

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Ghana makes strides against human trafficking

Ghana last year rescued 778 victims of human trafficking and offered them comprehensive trauma and informed care before their reintegration into society. A total of 147 cases were reported and investigated, out of which 23 cases were prosecuted. These involved 37 defendants with 15 of them being convicted. Mrs Cynthia Mamle Morrison, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, ...

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U.S. Supports Women’s Economic Development in the Northern Region

Stephanie S. Sullivan

The U.S. Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan has inaugurated a shea butter processing facility and warehouse for the Tiyumtaba Women’s Shea Cooperative of Sorogu, located in the Sagnerigu Municipality in the Northern Region of Ghana. The new facility, is part of a U.S. Government effort to partner with communities, companies, and non-profit organizations in West Africa to expand economic opportunities for ...

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Afram Plains: Pregnant women examined on benches due to shortage of bed

Pregnant women who seek antenatal care at Bonkro CHPS compound in Afram Plains South District of the Eastern Region are examined on benches due to lack of medical examination tables. The situation, coupled with poor condition of the facility, inadequate logistics, compromised privacy of patients and absence of a midwife, are discouraging pregnant women from patronizing services of the facility, ...

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Volta, Oti Regional CHRAJ record less human rights infractions in 2019

The Office of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice ( CHRAJ), Volta and Oti Regions has recorded 1,520 human rights infractions in 2019 compared to 1,597 in 2018. The Commission, however, brought a total of 199 human violation cases from 2018, making the available cases at the Commission by 2019 at 1,719. Mr Daniel Mensah, Acting Volta Regional ...

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73 per cent of children poor — Report

A maiden national report on child poverty in the country has established that three out of every four children are poor in many ways, a situation the report describes as “multi-dimensionally poor”. The figure translates into 73.4 per cent of the country’s estimated 11.4 million child population. The Multi-Dimensional Child Poverty Ghana Report defines multi-dimensionally poor children as children deprived ...

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Disability law committee urged to make provision for sign language interpreters at hospitals

Freda Prempeh, Deputy Gender Minister

Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Freda Prempeh, has tasked a technical committee reviewing Ghana’s Disability Law to make provisions that mandate all health facilities to have sign language interpreters. She said Deaf persons usually have a hard time communicating with medical staff when they go to seek medical treatment because of the language barrier, which sometimes results ...

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DCI Ghana tasks stakeholders to embrace child protection programmes

A non-governmental organization, dedicated to the protection and promotion of the welfare of children has called on Assemblies to enact and strengthen bye-laws that would help address issues of child prostitution and sexual violence in their communities. The Defence for Children International (DCI) Ghana, urged the Metropolitan, Municipal and District assemblies to endeavor to factor into their annual budgets and ...

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600 bed shelter for Kayayos in 2020

Dep. Defence Minister, Derrick Oduro

Deputy Defense Minister and Member of Parliament for the Nkoranza North constituency, Major Derrick Oduro, has asserted that the government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) would construct a 600 bed residential facility for head Porters (popularly called Kayayos) in 2020. He indicated that plans are far advanced for the commencement of the project, in fulfillment of the ruling government’s ...

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