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If no one will invite you to the table, take your chair there – Otiko Djaba to women

Otiko Djaba, former Gender Minister

Former Gender Minister Otiko Afisa Djaba has challenged government to pass the Affirmative Action Bill to help accelerate women empowerment in the nation-building agenda. Underscoring the essence of tackling challenges forestalling its passage, the former Gender Minister questioned, “what is stopping the government from passing the Affirmative Action Bill this month as a birthday [gift] to all Ghanaians? Because the ...

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Let’s create gender sensitive academic environment – Prof Opoku Agyemang

Prof Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang

Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, former Minister of Education has said it was not enough to increase the number of females and professionals in education without creating gender sensitive academic environment for them to thrive. She believed that creating a gender sensitive academic environment represented a unique way of advancing the course of women through effective mentorship, coaching, sharing of experiences ...

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Affirmative Action Bill to be laid in Parliament in March

Government has indicated its preparedness to pass the affirmative Action Bill into law this year, following a directive by the President to get the Bill laid in Parliament by close of March. “As we speak,the Bill has gone back to the Attorney General’s Department. I want to assure you that the President has directed that he wants the bill in ...

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Stop shielding sex offenders – Gender Minister cautions chiefs

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

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Cynthia Maamle Morrison has issued a stern warning to traditional rulers to stop shielding sex offenders.According to the Minister, rape and defilement are criminal offences which require prosecution by law enforcement officialsThe minister who is also the Member of Parliament for Agona West expressed these sentiments at a community dialogue programme organized ...

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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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