13 December 2012

Ghana: WiLDAF Condemns Violence Against Women

Ave-Afiadenyigba — The Volta Regional Coordinator of Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF), Mr. Victor Adevuh-Quarshie has cautioned Ghanaians not to allow their political affiliations to bring disaffection into marital homes.

Mr. Adevuh -Quarshie has also stressed the need for Ghanaians to avoid making statements that make room for violence but should exhibit the high sense of patriotism that would promote national cohesion, stability and unity among the people.

Speaking to natives at Ave-Afiadenyigba in the Akatsi North District of the Volta Region, Mr. Adevuh-Quarshie noted that in the event of conflict both at the home and outside, it is women and children who suffer most.

Mr. Adevuh-Quarshie said the most worrying phenomena in the country where all forms of abuses are being perpetrated against women in the society should stop because the negative practices affect the development of women and children.

He pointed out that violence against women in the country was the most shameful human rights violation noting that violence against women knows no boundaries and called for the removal of bad traditional practices that discriminate against women.

"Peace brings stability, progress and development which needed to be nurtured in our homes and where there are conflicts, no families thrives because the off-springs thereof suffer pains, get traumatized and becomes poverty stricken which would eventually lead to death". He stressed.

According to Adevuh-Quarshie it was a shame that some men still assault their wives and that there was the need to over- power the incremental intolerance and rancor, mindless emotionalism as well as blind objectivity in the homes.

He observed that out of sheer wickedness, men tend to clog the homes with what he described as potholes and problematic road-blocks that intend to demean the status of women and children and asked couples to show love and passion and perpetually and jealously guard against the existing love in the family.

Mr. Adevuh-Quarshie said "our marital homes should never be turned into boxing rings or military training grounds where our precious women are turned into punching grounds at the least provocation and misunderstanding."

A former District Chief Executive of Akatsi, Victoria Gidiglo said child labour and child trafficking still remained a major challenge that continued to confront the development efforts of the nation and urged Ghanaians to help put a stop to the negative practices in the country.

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