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Will Controversial e-levy Slow Down Online Betting Rates in Ghana?

The Electronic Transfer Levy, or e-levy as it is more popularly known, maybe a few months old, but the controversies surrounding the law do not look like going away anytime soon. This law was always going to be very contentious. Even before it was passed, it was a source of constant debate amongst members of the Ghanaian parliament, with one ...

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COVID-19’s Impact on Mental Health and Ghana’s Emergency Response

The corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had a significant impact on people’s mental health and well-being throughout the world, raising public concerns about increasing suicide rates. World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, described the COVID’s impact on the world’s mental health as “just the tip of the iceberg,” and said this was a wake-up call ...

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When political power means moral weakness

This weekend an Algerian was sent back from Guantanamo to Algeria. For 20 years he was imprisoned without a court order or judgement in any court of this world. He was one of around 800 prisoners in Guantanamo on the island of Cuba. A few years back two of the Guantanamo prisoners were forced onto Ghana and former President John ...

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Escaping forced marriage, Burkina Faso girls find refuge in education

The thought of spending her life with a man she had never met was too much for Marie. She was not even present when her family arranged for her to marry a stranger from a nearby village in northern Burkina Faso, and was never consulted about the union. Desperate, the 20-year-old slipped out of her family home one-night last month ...

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Ghana’s Affirmative Action Bill needs to be passed before the year 2023

Government Elections to elect members to serve in the District Assemblies, next year, 2023. Without an Affirmative Action Law in place, this Election will yet again, reinforce the existing low representation of women in Ghana’s Local Governance system. Women’s representation in all policy-making spaces in Ghana stands below the United Nations (UN) threshold of 30%. Currently, women’s representation in the ...

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Arrest of journalists: Is Criminal Libel Law alive? – Law experts share their thoughts

In the past few weeks, there have been some arrests of persons including journalists for the publication of false news. Within a period of two months, the Ghana Police Service has arrested and charged four Ghanaians for publication of false news and offensive conduct conducive to breaches of the peace under Sections 207 and 208 of the Criminal Offences Act, ...

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Why formal employment is not a guaranteed path to social equality

The theme of this year’s World Day of Social Justice is “ Achieving Social Justice through Formal Employment ”. Gaining access to formal employment can greatly reduce poverty. As it is, more than 60% of the working population in the world – 2 billion people globally – eke out a living in the informal economy. In theory, formal employment provides ...

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Violence against women must stop; five stories of strength and survival

Conflicts, humanitarian crises and increasing climate-related disasters have led to higher levels of violence against women and girls (VAWG), which has only intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing into sharp focus the urgent need to stem the scourge. Globally, nearly one-in-three women have experienced violence, with crises driving the numbers even higher. Gender-based violence (GBV), the most pervasive violation of ...

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5 takeaways from Mahama’s ‘Thank Ghana Address’

Former President John Mahama on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, climaxed his ‘Thank-you’ tour of the country with an address to Ghanaians dubbed: #ThankGhanaAddress. It was held at the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City, Accra. The former President touched on a number of issues on the economy, job creation, security, digitalization among others. Lessons from 2020 polls  The former president started ...

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Africa: Covid-19 Aid Falling Short

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for African governments to strengthen social protection systems and fulfill people’s rights to social security and an adequate standard of living, Human Rights Watch said. Many African governments introduced measures like cash transfers and food assistance in response to the rising poverty and hunger occasioned by the pandemic, but most households received no support. The ...

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