The Network for Young Women Empowerment (NYWE) in the Upper West Region has called on traditional councils in the region to join the fight against Gender Based-Violence by repealing some of the harmful cultural practices that create conducive platforms for gender based violence.
The Network after rounding up its 16 days activism against Gender Based-Violence with a stakeholder engagement on Monday December 21, 2020 in Wa, NYWE believes that it is a share responsibility of everybody in the region to ensuring that issues of Gender Based-Violence (GBV) are nipped in the bud.
Addressing the media, Chairperson of the Network for Young Women Empowerment, Ms. Ida Nakaar emphatically stated that the “Tijaa Bunyeni” literally means “we are one people” slogan in the region is not helping in the fight against Gender Based-Violence stressing that, many perpetrators of GBV get off the law hook by resorting to the slogan “Tijaa Bunyeni” that gives more room for many to violent the right of many especially women. She charged the law enforcement agencies to sanctioned accordingly, violators to serve as deterent for others.
The Chairperson further appealed to the department of gender to incorporate in their activities, public education that will highlight the dangers associated to Gender Based-Violence and why the need to put a stop to it. She calls on Queen mothers in the Upper West region to put their hands on deck by ensuring that Gender Based-Violence is eradicated.
Ms. Ida again indicated that for the GBV canker to be wiped out, the media has a pivotal role to play, accenting that the media must educate the public on the harmful impact the social canker poses to society, encourage families and the public not to hesitate in reporting to DOVSU, cases of Gender Based-Violence in order for the law to take its course as well as reporting on Gender Based-Violence cases with all the needed attention. Network for Young Women Empowerment has always been supported by Plan International Ghana that seeks to support the fight for the right of the girl child and also a strong arm in the fight against Gender Based-Violence.
Gender Based-Violence is a form of abuse of a person’s fundamental human rights based on his/her gender. It ranges from sexual, emotional and physical violence or torment one occasions on another based on the person’s gender.