Accra – 500 students from nine schools in Ghana’s Volta Region have been taken through the legal provisions on gender-based violence and what the youth can do to curb the incidence of violence against women. They were also sensitized on the human rights implications for Ghana’s development as far as violence against women and children are concerned. This was during a one-day seminar held as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence observation in Ghana under the local theme “Peace in the World Begins from the Home, Let us End Gender-Based Violence Now”.
Also present were members of the security services including the police and the prison service, traditional leaders and women and youth groups representatives.
The Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs (MoWAC), Ms. Juliana Azumah Mensah, who reminded students of the significance of education for nation building said such events are significant for the youth because “the more we talk about them and the more the youth are drawn into discussions on gender-based violence, the better we become in identifying the root causes and the solutions to eliminate them”. She commended the United Nations system and the international community for their support to create awareness on gender-based violence among the youth.
Ms. Azumah Mensah also pleaded with traditional leaders in the community to report to the police cases of violence against any individual that are brought to their attention. She warned that “the law will be enforced irrespective of the perpetrators of such crimes to humanity”.
UNIC Accra, represented by the National Information Officer, reiterated the essence of the campaign against violence against women and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign.
Prior to the opening of the seminar, some students marched through the principle streets of Ho, the Volta Regional capital, holding placards some of which read “say no to wife battery” and “stop violence against women”.