Chiefs and Queen mothers in the Upper West Region have been urged to amend some of the harmful cultural practices that create room for women and girls to be abused in the various communities.
This was contained in a Communique issued and copied to Radio Progress by Network for Young Women Empowerment NYWE signed by it’s Chairperson Ida Nakaar with support from Plan International Ghana and National Youth Authority NYA after a one day stakeholder’s engagement meeting with Chiefs and Queen mothers from the Waala Traditional Council, Department of Gender, Social Welfare Department and Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit DOVVSU of the Ghana Police Service on gender based violence in line with 16 days activism against gender based violence in the Upper West region, on the theme “freedom online”.
Madam Nakaar said the overall objective of the stakeholder’s meeting was to reduce the occurrence or eliminate gender based violence in the region.
She noted that sextortion,forced marriages,rape and abduction among others are the common reported cases of gender based violence in the region. This she said has led to the killing and hurting of some women leading to insecurity among women in relationships.
The Chairperson of the Network for Young Women Empowerment reckoned that poverty, power imbalance, lack of inadequate communication and behavioral disorders as some of the causes of gender base violence in the region.
The Communique urged stakeholders in the region to desist from the”TijaaBuyeni” (we are all the same people) syndrome to help the network make a head way in eliminating all forms of abuse in the region through due processes.
She called on the Regional Minister and the Heads of Departments in the region to support the process by enforcing the laws on gender base violence.
The statement recommended that community combats should be form to pick up perpetrators of violence and abuse and tasked Traditional rulers to amend and abolish harmful cultural practices that makes women and girls vulnerable to abuse.
It added that there should be concerted efforts by all stakeholders and actors to foster the necessary resources to sensitize women to speak up and cautioned family members and communities as well as various institutions to desist from covering up perpetrators.
Meanwhile as part of activities to mark this year’s sixteen days of activism against Gender Based Violence by Network for Young Women Empowerment NYWE with support from Plan International Ghana and NYA dubbed “six days campaign”, the Network worshiped with the Regional Chief Imam and his congregation at the Wa Central mosque on friday as well as the Diocesan Bishop of Wa and congregants at the Saint Andrews Cathedral Church on sunday and offered them with a piece offering.
The group also organized a concert at the forecourt of the Wa Naa’s palace as well as a float through the principal streets of Wa and a Symposuim to drum home the elimination of gender based violence in the region.
At the symposuim, stakeholders from Department of Gender, Social Welfare Department, Plan International Ghana as well as Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit DOVVSU took their turns to address participants.