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Northern Women See Beating as a Disciplinary Device

2007-03-29 06:54:12
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Northern Women
A survey conducted by the
Northern Region Department of Women showed that, majority of women in the northern part of the country enjoyed beating by their husbands and therefore endorsed it, saying it corrected lapses in marriage.

Patrick Seidu Zakari-Saa, the Northern Regional Director of the Department of Women, in an interview with GNA in Tamale mentioned that, the women saw nothing wrong with beating in marriage, since women were created to respect their husbands.

He said a higher percentage of the women interviewed also believed and accepted that, their husbands had the right of sex and could do everything including beating if their wives refused them sex.

The Department of Women of the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs and the Rural Media Network (RUMNET), a Tamale based NGO conducted the

Zakari-Saa said women in the north also faced the problem of being neglected in decision-making at home adding that, even though they worked for income, they did not control the use of their incomes.

Zakari-Saa said the Domestic Violence Bill would not work successfully in the three Northern Regions, where women and the people were still engaged in negative cultural practices.

He said women in the Northern Region remained poor due to higher interest rates on loans some Non Governmental Organisation (NGOs) gave to them and that in some instances; the women sold their property to enable them pay
back the loans.

Zakari-Saa said some NGOs that gave credit facilities operated on interest rates of between 35 percent and 40 percent on the loans.

When the GNA contacted Madam Grace Chilala of the Widows and Orphans Ministry, she confirmed the story and said; "some of the women even sell their cloth in order to pay the loans and this makes them poorer".

source: GRi…/

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