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The Talensi-Nabdam District has set up a Standing Committee for women’s affairs to investigate and remove certain negative and abusive cultural practices that demean the womanhood as a widow in the district.
Speaking in an interview with ghanadistricts.com, the District Chief Executive for Talensi-Nabdam, Yebastian Tribil disclosed some of the negative cultural practices as forcing widows to marry their late husbands’ brothers’, widows drinking water used to bath the corpse of their husbands, forcing young girls into early marriages among others.
He explained that most of the time young girls are forced into marriages adding that some give their pre-teen or early teenage children to the custody and nurturing of others as servants with agreement and understanding that these girls would be married to them when they matured.
He added that these young girls are taken up in marriage without allowing them to grow as agreed. The DCE continued that the man then initiates the rite by paying a dowry of three cows to marry the girl.
The practices, he mentioned, have been in existence long before he assumed post. Hon. Tribil said the cultural practices cut across the region and not only the district.
Recently, a group of women mobilized from various parts of the region staged a demonstration in the district in protest against the abusive practices of widowhood rites and presented a six-point resolution to the DCE at the assembly.
Among the resolution include an appeal to the assembly and chiefs to ban the performance of negative widowhood rites in their communities and to ensure that all customary practices are in consonance with the country’s laws.
It also appealed to the district assembly to give priority to widows in the disbursement of the Poverty Alleviation Fund. The DCE stated that the assembly had already set up the committee to deal with the issues of women before the group brought their resolution.
He said that the assembly would ensure that the grievances and concerns of the women are addressed for social harmony and cohesion.