February 23, 2021 4:16 pm

The Domestic Violence (DV) Secretariat under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with UNFPA-GHANA have organized a one-day stakeholders’ meeting in Accra on Tuesday 23rd February, 2021 on addressing Domestic Violence in Ghana.

The objectives of the meeting was to discuss new and emerging trends of addressing Domestic/ Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the wake of COVID-19 and also review the National Domestic Violence Policy.

Critical stakeholders whose roles are essential in addressing domestic violence in Ghana were engaged as part of the meeting to enable the Ministry take relevant information and consideration into the review of the National Domestic Violence Policy.

In her opening remarks, the Head of the Domestic Violence Secretariat, Madam Malonin Asibi said the Secretariat is mandated to organize stakeholders meeting to discuss and deliberate on domestic violence and child marriage issues in Ghana since domestic violence denies survivors of the basic fundamental rights which undermines their human development goals.

Madam Malonin Asibi entreated stakeholders to come out with strategies that will help eliminate domestic violence in Ghana.

Mr. Faisal Bawa, a Gender Programme Officer at UNFPA-GHANA said as part of their mandate to ensure that the potential of every young person is fulfilled, UNFPA will focus on supporting the DV Secretariat to strengthen the coordination of domestic violence prevention and response.

He underscored that, achieving gender equality and women empowerment is integral to the 17 goals of the Sustainable Development Agenda.

Mr. Faisal Bawa reiterated UNFPA’s commitment to partner government, civil society organizations, faith-based organizations and other relevant stakeholders to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls to achieve the global transformational goal of zero act of violence against women and girls.

Source: MoGCSP