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Ghana to mark AU Day of African Child to end child injustices

Ghana, through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) and stakeholders, will commemorate the 2020 AU Day of the African Child on from June 10 to create a nationwide awareness on child-friendly justice in the country. The celebration, will commence with an issuance of a press release on June 10, social and traditional media discussions and posting of ...

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COVID-19: The decline of global remittances puts rural families at risk

The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic could push rural families even deeper into poverty and threaten global prosperity and stability The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the loss of millions of jobs in the developed and developing world. Migrant workers are among the most directly affected. They work in economic sectors adversely impacted by the ...

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Engaging men in the fight against child marriage

We need to be fluid in our approach to eliminating child marriage, due to the number and nature of systems that nurture the practice. Patriarchy, is one such system. Deeply rooted in the Ghanaian culture, patriarchy gives men influential roles in the legitimization of marriage. For example, at a typical Asante marriage, the head of the bride’s family, the “abusuapanyin,” ...

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Bridge for Equity presents petition to Gender Ministry

Gender Advocacy NGO, Bridge for Equity Ghana, has presented a petition to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, to nudge government to scrap taxes on sanitary pads and enable local production across the country. In a six-month campaign dubbed ‘No Pad Tax’, the NGO believes that scraping the 20% tax on sanitary pads, also termed as luxury items ...

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We were once approached by Nigerians to aid a robbery – Street boy alleges

Young Collins Amankwah, who happens to be a street boy in the busy city of Accra as a result of a broken home and its bizarre consequences, has narrated his rather sad and risky experience on the streets. In an interview with Benabi Discovery, Collins made a shocking revelation that, in carrying out his means of livelihood on the streets, ...

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Chiefs advised to support security agencies to fight human trafficking

Nana Ayimedu Obrempong III, Kronithene of Adjena

Nana Ayimedu Obrempong III, Krontihene of Adjena has called for collaboration between traditional rulers and security agencies to fight human trafficking through unapproved routes during the coronavirus pandemic season. He said there were a lot of unapproved routes at the borders, people were trafficked or smuggled, which was dangerous in this coronavirus season,as such persons could be coronavirus positive. He ...

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I was once victimized in traffic when trying to take money – Street Boy

Ali Mohammed

Street children have taken a strong hold in the capital and across the nation but most especially Accra. Benabi Discovery is well known in tackling streetism in Ghana. Let’s delve into the story of Ali Mohammed, a street boy who happened to be interviewed by Benabi Discovery, a humanitarian advocacy media outreach. Just like any upcoming kid with big dreams, ...

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Media must help end sexual violence – DOVVSU

Madam Mercy Wilson Brown, the Volta/Oti Regional Coordinator, Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, has appealed for media support to minimise or end all forms of sexual violence in society. She said the Unit kept recording increasing cases of sexual abuse against women and children, especially with far-reaching consequences like unplanned pregnancies, school drop-out, ...

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Sophia Akufo urges government to introduce legislation to ensure true gender inclusion

Sophia Akuffo

Former Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo is challenging authorities to take real steps to enforce legislation that gives quota for women to occupy certain positions to ensure true gender inclusion. She said “If you look at the proportion of women in parliament and their participation in the top-level within the corporate world, it is not good. But at the middle level, ...

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Affirmative Action Bill to be passed before 2020 ends – Gender Minister assures

Cynthia Maamle Morrison, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection

Gender Minister, Cynthia Morrison has assured citizens that the Affirmative Action Bill, which is to promote gender equality in the country will be passed before the end of 2020. This comes after numerous calls by activists to get the Bill which has been drafted for over 15 years to be passed into law. Speaking on Joy Fm’s Newsnite, the Minister said the ...

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