Ghana UNiTE Group on Violence against Women Launched

25 November 2009

Ghana UNiTE Group being greeted by the guest Speaker, Professor Nabila

To support the UN Secretary-General’s :"UNiTe to End Violence Against Women" campaign, Ghana has launched a group that will raise its voice against the maltreatment of women and girls in the country. Members of the group were introduced at a community durbar at Winneba, amidst colourful parade by queen mothers and other traditional rulers. The durbar was organized by the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs with the active support of the UN system in Ghana, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and other development partners.

The group pledged to act as advocate and to speak out against maltreatment meted out against women and girls. They set goals which they promised to achieve by 2015.

The durbar which was under the theme “Commit, Act and Demand an End to Violence Against Women” was attended by a number of dignitaries including traditional rulers, Diplomatic Corps, Government officials and the media.

Addressing the gathering, Wulugunaba, Naa Professor John S. Nabila, member of the Council of State and President of the National House of Chiefs said government institutions were working assiduously to ensure that traditional authorities were fully engaged in enforcing existing laws against cultural inhibitions affecting women.

Naa Nabila mentioned some of the laws that protect women and children in the country as the Constitution, the Criminal Code, Children’s Act, the Labour Act and the Domestic Violence Act.

He and the acting UN Resident Coordinator Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen launched the Ghana UNiTE Group to champion the cause of violence against Women. 

The Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs, Ms. Akua Sena Dansua gave a historical background of the "16 Days of Activism" and urged ghanaians to put their shoulders to the wheel to end gender-based violence in the country. Ms. Ama Benyiwa-Doe, the Central Regional Minister recalled the bold initiatives taken towards empowerment of women towards the attainment of gender equity and improvement of living conditions of women and children.

There were also messages from the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (Department of Social Welfare, Domestic Violence Victims Support Unit) and Ghana Association of Harmful Practices to end all forms of violence against women and girls.