Ministry of Gender calls for resources for Domestic Violence Fund
The Designated Minister, Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms. Zuweira Lariba Abudu, has requested resources to support the Domestic Violence Fund.
She said this would allow her to provide all forms of support to victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Ms. Abudu made the call during the official launch of the Gender Rights and Empowerment Program (GREP) organized by the STAR-Ghana Foundation.
Minister Designate, Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms. Zuweira Lariba Abudu
The program aims to increase the effectiveness of civil society advocacy for the political and social rights of women and girls, in particular the rights to inclusive and quality social services and participation in public governance at national and subnational levels. .
It will cover six regions including the three northern regions of Ghana, the central, eastern and Volta regions.
Participants at the launch included representatives from the Department for Gender Equality, the UK Commonwealth and Overseas Development Office (FCDO), Parliament, Ghana Education Service, Ghana Health Service, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and civil society partners.
Ms Abudu said: “Some victims and survivors come to the support center only in their panties, and we have to get them what to wear before we listen to their issues.”
Certain cultural beliefs and persistent social norms, noted the Minister Designate, have contributed to domestic violence while preventing women and girls from reporting violence and abuse against them.
Ms Abudu called for increased access to justice for victims and survivors to build confidence in the Ghanaian justice system and said governments over the years had launched programs to address particular challenges. faced by women and girls to realize their full potential.
They include free maternal health care under national health insurance, school feeding, capitation subsidies, and poverty-suppressing livelihoods, targeting poor communities.
Alhaji Ibrahim Tanko Amindu, Executive Director of STAR-Ghana Foundation, said the Foundation is focused on increasing the effectiveness of civil society influence for inclusive development and access to public services for people. citizens, especially women and girls.
He noted that complex issues such as cultural practices and religious beliefs, as well as systemic challenges at the state level impede the realization of women’s rights in the country.
Alhaji Amidu called for increased advocacy and awareness raising on the rights of women and girls, and the need to empower them to achieve a more inclusive society.
Ms Enyonam Azumah, Team Leader, Human Development, UK FCDO, said that globally, civil society support had been important in influencing changes in legislation and approaches.
Therefore, she said, the FCDO was providing £580,000 through STAR-Ghana to 18 civil society organizations to advocate for the rights and empowerment of women and girls in Ghana through the GREP.
The project, the team leader said, was in line with the second priority of the UK’s international development strategy to provide women and girls with the freedom they need to succeed by educating, empowering and ending violence against them.