June 15, 2020 2:10 pm

The Domestic Violence Secretariat under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in partnership with Plan International Ghana and its partner NGO, Days for Girls Ghana has carried out sensitization programmes to educate the public on the impact of COVID-19 on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and Child Marriages in Ghana.

The sensitization programmes took place in the Ga West, Ga East and La-Nkwantanang Madina Municipalities from 29th to 30th June, 2020.

Days For Girls is into menstrual hygiene and works towards empowering young girls with skills.

It also focuses on shattering the stigma and limitations women and girls face due to menstruation for improved health, education and livelihoods.

The Domestic Violence Secretariat and Officers of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service were responsible for the sensitization programmes.

The objectives of the community sensitization are as follows:

– To increase awareness among the general populace on acts of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Child Marriage cases.

– To enhance knowledge of the populace on the linkages between the deadly nature of SGBV, Child Marriage and COVID-19 and the need for prevention and response.

– To build partnership with communities in the fight against SGBV, Domestic Violence and Child Marriage prevention and response.

– To promote the MoGCSP, DOVVSU and other existing support platforms for support. (MoGCSP – 0800 800 800 / 0800 900 900)

As part of the sensitization programme, the Ag. Executive Secretary of the Domestic Violence Secretariat, Madam Malonin Asibi together with Superintendent Sophia Eva of the DOVVSU Unit at Madina are educated young people, parents and other community members within the various Municipalities on the Legislative Instrument of the Domestic Violence Act 2007, Act 732, Child marriage, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and sanitary issues.

Participants were advised on the current situation of the COVID-19 and how best to practice the prescribed protocols to avoid contracting the Virus.

Source: MoGCSP