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Protecting children from abuse, neglect and maltreatment

Generally, children are protected by law against all forms of abuse and neglect. Section 71, 91 and 92 of the Criminal Offenses Act, 1960 (Act 29) as amended in 1998 now referred to as the Criminal Offenses Act, 1960 (Act 29) criminalize the abandonment or exposure of a child to danger, abduction of a child and a range of sexual offenses that could render a child vulnerable to ...

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First Lady calls for unified decision to end Female Genital Mutilation

Mrs Rebbecca Akufo-Addo, First lady

First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has called on all stakeholders to as a matter of urgency “take a unified decision, to end the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. The First lady made the call when she opened a two -day International meeting on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Accra last Wednesday. Mrs. Akufo-Addo, addressing the meeting, bemoaned the “terribly harmful” ...

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Respect the rights of minority groups- POS Director admonishes

Jonathan Osei Owusu, Executive Director of POS foundation

Despite the establishment of a reporting system to collate human rights abuses against minorities including Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender(LGBT) persons, LGBT people in Ghana still face violence, human rights abuse, discrimination and heightened hate or homophobic speech from government officials and religious leaders which incites violence and homophobia against the LGBT community in Ghana. According to Mr Jonathan Osei ...

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Wa Airport to begin operations in February 2018

The Deputy Minister for Aviation Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko has hinted that the Wa Airport will commence operations by the end of February 2018. He revealed this on the floor of Parliament when the law maker for Wa Central Hon. Abdul Rashid Pelpuo filed a question asking the minister for aviation when works of the wa airport will commence. Mr ...

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Govt lauded for plans to establish Ghana Green Fund

Civil society organizations working in the area of climate change have   given thumbs up to government for its intention to set up a ‘Ghana   Green Fund’ to finance climate related initiatives. The move, according to the organizations “is laudable and must be pursued,” as it would assist in pulling together fragmented climate change interventions which are never up-scaled and therefore ...

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The LEAP Policy and Poverty Reduction in Ghana, Part 1

The link between Welfare States and Social Policies is a thin one, but the main difference is that while the former occurred in response to the effects of industrial activities in the industrialized economies, the latter is seen as deliberate social intervention policies aimed at solving social imbalances and inequalities.Social Policy is therefore seen as public services that govern the ...

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SEND- Ghana calls for equitable distribution of health personnel

Dr.Anthony Nsiah-Asare-Director General of Ghana Health Service

Send- Ghana, a policy think tank has proposed that the government withholds the salary of any health worker who refuses a posting to particular regions in Ghana, as a deterrent to others. The organization also called on Regional Health directorates of  the  Ghana  Health Service to distribute health personnel especially doctors, nurses  and midwives equitably within their respective regions in ...

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Violence against children pervasive in homes, schools and communities – UNICEF

About 300 million, or three-quarters, of the world’s two- to four-year-old children experience either psychological aggression or physical punishment, or both, by their caregivers at home, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a report published Tuesday. “The harm inflicted on children around the world does tremendous damage,” said UNICEF Chief of Child Protection Cornelius Williams in a press ...

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FGM resurfaces in Volta & Northern Regions …As over 320 new victims found

In spite of existing legislation criminalizing the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Children and adolescent still suffer from the harmful cultural practice. The Parliament of Ghana strengthened the law against FGM by increasing maximum penalty from five (5) to 10 years imprisonment for persons involved in the practice of FGM. Article 26 (2) of Ghana’s constitution prohibits “customary practices ...

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New pathways out of poverty in Africa through sustainable and inclusive agricultural transformation

Agricultural transformation has become a development priority for African governments and the international development community. It is commonly understood as a shift from ‘low’ productivity subsistence agriculture to more commercially-oriented production. This shift is seen as the first step away from the continent’s continued dependence on raw commodity exports, and towards diversified and domestically integrated economies that provide sufficient employment ...

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