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Tackle root causes of human trafficking

Mr Adolf Awuku Bekoe and Hamid Harisson

Despite  Ghana being  signed onto relevant conventions and protocols on Anti-Trafficking and has translated these into national laws and policies such as The Human Trafficking Act, Act 694 which was passed in 2005, Ghana still remains a source, transit and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. During an engagement with the media ...

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Strict measures to halt illegalities in forestry sector

Ghanaians working in the forestry sector, particularly wood dealers have been told to brace up for what could be termed as strict measures meant to sanitize the industry and rid the markets of illegally sourced timber products. The Move according to the Forestry Commission is part of the implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) which Ghana signed with the ...

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Support gov’t to provide protection to street connected children-SSWN

Street Social Workers Network (SSWN – Ghana) and Street Social Workers in general are calling for the implementation of the FOUR Steps to EQUALITY of Street-connected children as stipulated in the General Comment on Children in Street Situation of the UN Convention of the right of the child. According to a press release signed and issued in Accra on Wednesday ...

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Technical committee constituted to examine Ghana’s disability law

Otiko Djaba, Gender Minister

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection(MGCSP) has constituted a technical committee to examine whether or not some portions of  the existing Ghana disability Act (715,2006) should  be amended. The MGCSP “has constituted a Technical Committee to examine the Ghana Disability Act (715, 2006) Vis -a –vis the UNCRPD to identify the gaps and then determine whether a new ...

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Yendi water treatment plant closed as river runs low

The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) in Yendi, in the Northern Region, has closed its water treatment plant in the town. The shut down follows the low level of the Dakar River where raw water is taken for the production drinking water for thousands of residents. The situation has compelled the residents to buy water at higher prices from private ...

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Gender Ministry to partner Autism Aid App project

The Deputy Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, Gifty Twum, says her Ministry will partner the autism aid app project to do a national registration exercise for children living with Special-Needs. She also commended the Autism Ambassadors of Ghana for their good work to create awareness of autism, and the need to give people living with Autism the needed ...

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GHAMEC moves to protect rights &dignity of mental health patients

The Ghana Mental Health Coalition (GHAMEC) is to implement a project in the Accra Psychiatric Hospital meant to improve quality and human right standards in the facility as well as stop potential violations that could be meted out to mental health patients. The Project, dubbed Quality Rights tool kit provides countries with practical information and tools for assessing and improving ...

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We’ll review forest fines to tackle deforestation – Amewu


As Ghana joins the rest of the world to mark International Forest Day, government has reiterated its commitment to  implementing interventions aimed at addressing deforestation. The Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu, who made this known indicated that government will review fines for forest offences to make it more deterrent. The Minister indicated that this will ensure a ...

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UN Women calls for stronger support for women

Madam Phumzile Mambo-Ngcka

The UN Women has called on the global community to deliberately create stronger support for women’s political activism and a broader space for women’s civil society voices. In a statement, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women, for International Women’s Day, said that was necessary to combine “our efforts to target those who truly need change most.” “The ...

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Discrimination of PWDs continue in spite of legislations

Mr Alex Tetteh,Cepdghana

Despite constitutional and legislative guarantees for the rights of persons with disabilities (PWD), it is clear that Ghana’s disability laws are failing its people and that discrimination of the disabled continues to undermine the progress of democratic participation of all Ghanaian people. Ghana’s Disability Law, 2006 (Act 715)  which was passed in 2006, aimed at ending the discrimination that faces ...

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