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FBOs urged to campaign against dehumanizing cultural practices

Mr James Twene, the Upper East Regional Director of Department of Gender (DoG) has called on members of Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) to use their platforms to campaign against dehumanising socio-cultural practices. He said some of the practices and beliefs were unfavourable to women and did not support the fight against Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV). Mr Twene made the ...

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Ghana needs a local sanitary product factory – NGO tells government

Women in Ghana have lauded the governments for its promise to scrap the 20% luxury tax on imported sanitary products in the country. Bridge for Equity, a non-governmental organization has called on the government to factor in a local sanitary manufacturing company in the One District One Factory policy to help cut down the cost of sanitary products. For years, ...

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‘Money for pad’, hunger luring Ajumako girls into early sex

The inability of parents and guardians to buy sanitary pads and properly feed young girls have been identified as key factors pushing young girls to engage in unprotected sex in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District of the Central Region. Some parents have neglected their core responsibility of caring for their children’s basic needs like food, medical care, shelter, clothing, love, attention, understanding, ...

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Address disability issues holistically in your manifestoes – CESIS

The Centre for Social Impact Studies (CESIS), a research and advocacy organization has expressed reservations about the lip-service been paid to the implementation of key provisions in the Persons with Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715). The Centre is disappointed in the manner, successive governments have neglected such basic legislation for the past 14 years, making the plight of persons with ...

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Reintegrating Out-of-School children into Ghana’s formal education system

Despite Ghana’s significant progress in reducing poverty over the years, regional and sub-regional disparities in income level and access to social services persist, particularly with regard to inequitable access to quality education.   Though education enrollment rates are high compared to other countries in the region, the quality of education is still far from ideal. Per the Human Capital Index for ...

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Catholic Bishops condemn 2020 WASSCE ‘lawlessness’

The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) has condemned what it has described as “total disregard for the rule of law and the wanton destruction of state properties” that has characterised the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The Catholic Bishops in a statement released on Friday, August 7, 2020 said the show of disrespect for authority, “even going ...

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No more witch camps – Gender Minister declares

Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison

Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Cynthia Mamle Morrison, has announced plans by the Akufo-Addo-led government to commence measures targeted at closing down all witch camps across the country, particularly those in the northern parts of the country. According to her, this has become necessary as a means to avert possible reoccurrence of the brutalities meted out to a 90-year-old ...

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Government urged to step up efforts to review Disability Act

The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD), has expressed worry over the continuous delay by the government to amend the country’s current Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715), to conform with international conventions. This, it said, was hindering its implementation, adding that, the situation was derailing efforts at demanding for the rights of disabled persons, to enable them to participate fully ...

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Killing of 90-year-old should end attacks on women – Gender Minister

Madam Cynthia Maamle Morrison

The killing of a 90-year-old woman at Kafaba in the East Gonja Municipality should be the end to barbaric and horrific attacks on women in the country – Madam Cynthia Morrison, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection has said. The Minister, who said this when she met the family of the deceased at their home at Salaga on Thursday, ...

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Gender Ministry calls for probe, prosecution of persons who lynched 90-year-old woman

Cynthia Morrison, Gender Minister

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is calling for the immediate prosecution of persons behind the lynching of a 90-year-old woman at Kafaba in the Savannah Region. A group of women had been seen in a video lynching the elderly woman after a soothsayer allegedly claimed she was a witch. The Ministry in a press statement issued on ...

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