September 28, 2020 6:17 am
The Domestic Violence Secretariat under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection with funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have organized a one-day national workshop in Accra on Monday, 28th September, 2020 to sensitize service providers on the Legislative Instrument (L.I 2237) of the Domestic Violence Act.
The forum brought together participants from the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, the Department of Gender, the Department of Children, the Judicial Service, the Department of Social Welfare, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, the Ghana Education Service, the Ghana Health Service, Civil Society organizations and the Media.
The Head of the Domestic Violence Secretariat, Madam Malonin Asibi in her address said the DV Act, 732 (2007) and it’s corresponding L.l 2237, (2016) provides the framework within which survivors of domestic violence can access justice and support.
She added that the Ministry is strategizing to engage with relevant sectors including the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Police Service and the National Health Insurance Scheme to discuss and solicit support for implementation of the Legislative Instrument.
Madam Asibi announced that, the Ministry with support from UNFPA has trained seventy (70) persons as paralegals and opened two Rapid Community Response Centres (RCRC) at Agbogbloshie and Madina market in Accra to sensitize the public and help in the referral of survivors to service provision agencies.
The Head of the Domestic Violence Secretariat urged the service providers present to take the sensitization programme seriously in order to provide critical support to the public, particularly survivors in their service delivery.
She thanked UNFPA for their continuous support to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
Madam Afua Adottey, President of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, Ghana, took participants through the Legislative Instrument of the Domestic Violence Act.
As part of the workshop, service providers used the opportunity to share experiences and also deliberated on the DV Act.
The objective of the workshop is for service providers to enhance effective service and justice delivery.
Source: MoGCSP