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FIDA On War-Path in North for Women's Rights

2007-06-23 08:38:57
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The Northern Regional Project Coordinator of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Ghana), Madam Saratu Mahama has strongly criticized and condemned the numerous activities and cultural practices that sought to violate the rights of women and deny them their right to justice.

According to her, despite the immense roles played by dedicated and selfless women within the societies, issues relating to women's rights had been persistently neglected particularly in the Northern Region after fifty years of Independence.

In averting this situation, FIDA-Ghana as part of their numerous interventions to improve women's access to justice has in partnership with Enterprise Women In Development (EWID), inaugurated a sister watch group called "Nsonda" (my helper) at Nyanshegu in the Tamale Metropolis to monitor any activities that have the tendency to violate women's rights in the Region.

Madam Saratu observed that women had valuable skills and talents, which could be exploited for national development. She said women were also traditionally responsible for the management of human and material resources in their families and must be given the requisite recognition and protection at all levels.

According to her, women, especially those in the rural areas who were seen to have been raised with little or no education, were frequently denied access to vital natural resources and justice. She stressed that, they did not also have right of control over their reproduction and participation in vital decision making processes due to lack of respect for them by their male counterparts.

This has placed many women under duress and they are as well not given the recognition to access their rights and responsibilities, which she observed makes them voiceless and powerless.

Madam Saratu was of the conviction that, the well-being of every community or country was bound up with the well being of its women whom she said constituted the larger population.

'Nsonda', the newly commissioned sister watch group, would ensure that women collectively protect their rights and offer the needed support to their fellow women whose rights have been violated or trampled upon.

Meanwhile, FIDA-Ghana has promised its continuous support for various women's groups up North to ensure that women are given equal rights as their male counterparts.


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