February 11, 2022 12:56 pm

The Day two (2) of the orientation and training programme to build the capacity of newly recruited officers posted to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has successfully taken place in Accra on Thursday 10th February, 2022.

Some topics highlighted were on the following:

• Overview of Human Trafficking in Ghana

• The emerging  trends in Human Trafficking and the national and international laws

• Basic concepts in Gender, Domestic Violence and Gender Based Violence

• Child Protection in Ghana

As part of the Ministry’s mandate to promote the welfare and protection of children, the Human Trafficking Secretariat under the auspices of the Ministry sought to provide a comprehensive training to the newly recruited officers to improve their efficiency and professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

Madam Saphia Taminu, Principal Programmes Officer of the Domestic Violence Secretariat, took participants through the various forms of abuse which include physical, sexual, economic and emotional abuse. She further highlighted on some harmful cultural practices that mostly violates the rights of women and children.

According to her as part of the Ministry’s mandate to stop sexual and gender-based violence they have set up the orange support centre with the toll free number 0800111222 to provide information and support for survivors of Domestic/Violence and Gender-Based Violence including child marriage.

Mr. Michael Abiaw, Principal Programmes Officer of the Department of Children also touched on major child protection concerns as a country.

According to Mr. Abiaw in-order to have an effective child protection system in the country, the laws and policies as well as child and family welfare policy combined with societal behavioural change need to work together to form a strong child protection system that effectively prevents and keeps children safe from violence, abuse and exploitation. Adding that strengthening the child protection system requires the support from all stakeholders.

He also mentioned some legal and policy frameworks that seek to protect the rights of the child including the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the Child and Family Welfare Policy (2015), the Children’s Act (1998) among others.

The Head of the Human Trafficking Secretariat, Madam Abena Annobea Asare, called on the new officers to set priorities, build their self-confidence and make choices in order to feel empowered in all spheres of life. She gave a general overview of human trafficking, migration, violence, child abuse among others.

Madam Annobea Asare expressed the Ministry’s gratitude to the new officers for availing themselves for the two (2) days intensive training and charged them to be professional and diligent in the discharge of their duties. Adding that there is also the need for them to be abreast with the various policy documents of the Ministry in order to be well informed of the core duties of the various sectors of the Ministry.

Source: MoGCSP