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Kassena-Nankana DCE Commends FIDA-Ghana

2007-07-04 23:16:31
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THE KASSENA-NANKANA District Chief Executive, Mr. Emmanuel Chegeweh has commended FIDA–Ghana for extending its tentacles to the North, particularly to his District, to help improve and promote women’s rights and access to justice.

The DCE gave the commendation when he inaugurated two of the three important pillars on which the organization revolves, namely Sister Watch and Community Aid Groups at Kandiga Community in the Kassena-Nankana District.

Acknowledging the impact FIDA-Ghana’s various interventions had made in the lives of many Ghanaian women, particularly in the Southern part of the country, Mr. Chegeweh was optimistic that the organization’s entrance into the North would bring about significant change in women’s access to justice and total well being. He bemoaned that some of the communities in his District were noted among the leading communities of high rate of women right abuses in the country.

He however attributed the situation to high rate of illiteracy in such communities and therefore entreated the people to collaborate with government and invest in their children’s education with emphasis on the girl child education.

Mr. Chegeweh advised the people to recognize and support the activities of the groups while he urged the groups to ensure that they put into practice what they had been taught during the trainings. As a gesture of appreciation and acceptance of FIDA-Ghana into his District, the DCE promised to allocate an office to the NGO in the Assembly’s office block.

On her part, the Executive Director of FIDA-Ghana, Mrs. Jane Quaye stated that access to justice for women could no longer be delayed in Ghana if the nation really wanted to develop to its fullest. She admitted that although effecting change was not an easy task, with sensitization and advocacy, she believed those socio-cultural factors that impeded women’s access to justice and promoted abuse of women’s rights, would be a history.

The Upper East Project Coordinator of FIDA-Ghana, Mr. David Atinga said global statistics on the status of women has revealed that women constitute 70% of those living in poverty, hold fewer jobs and not well paid, adding that of the 130 million children of primary school age who were not in school, 70% of them were girls. He noted that women’s poverty was directly related to the absence of economic opportunities and resources, including credit, land ownership and inheritance, as well as low participation in the decision making process.

The Upper East Regional Coordinator of the Domestic Violence Victim’s Support Unit (DOVVSU), ASP Jerome Kanyog stressed that to make the Domestic Violence Act work in the communities, there was the need for attitudinal change, modification of harmful cultural practices and public’s cooperation with criminal justice system as well as upholding the family centred objective of the Act.

He also emphasized the need to promote reconciliation, eschew acrimony in domestic misunderstanding, and enlighten one another about the real content of the Act so that all must embrace it as a document that sought to bring justice and peace to all. ASP Kanyog identified ignorance of the law, entrenched and obsolete cultural practices and mistrust of the country’s criminal justices system as some of the factors that hampered smooth and effective enforcement of law in this country.

source: Chronicle

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