Domestic Violence Board Set Up

Nana Oye Lithur,[middle]Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection inaugurating the Board. photo Michael Ayeh (1)The  Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), has inaugurated a 16-member Domestic Violence Management Board to help reduce the high prevalence of domestic violence in the country.

The board, constituted in accordance with the Domestic Violence Act 2007 (732), is expected among others to make recommendations for a National Plan of Action against domestic violence and also promote strategies to prevent and combat domestic violence in the country.

Inaugurating the board in Accra yesterday, Nana Oye Lithur, the sector minister, said the functions of the board include liaising with government agencies and organisations to promote the rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of domestic violence.

Additionally, it will advise the ministry on policy matters under the Domestic Violence Act and prepare guidelines for the management and disbursement from the Domestic Violence Fund.

Mrs Lithur disclosed that between 2011 and 2013, the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, recorded over 54,000 cases of violence against women and children.

According to her, 17,965 were recorded in 2011, 17,655 in 2012 and 18,795 in 2013, stressing that only 0.67 per cent of perpetrators in the year 2012 were convicted, a situation she described as worrying.

Mrs Lithur therefore, charged members of the board to work hard and commit themselves to ensuring a harmonious society in which men and women, boys and girls would have equal opportunity to develop and maximise their potentials towards nation building.

She urged them to collaborate and bring their expertise and experience together to secure greater and better access to justice and service delivery to survivors of domestic violence.

Mrs Lithur also urged them to pay adequate attention to the emerging trend of cyber-based violence including the exposure of minors to pornography.

“We have recently heard reports in the media of the circulation of some sexually explicit videos and pictures involving some ladies from Tamale, who it is reported, have gone into hiding. I have accordingly directed the Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare to locate these ladies and provide them with the needed psycho-social support and shelter,” she disclosed.

Mrs Lithur condemned in no uncertain terms, such exploitative acts, especially where it involves minors, stressing that, these web postings without the consent of the persons involved, violate their privacy right which is guaranteed under article 18 of the 1992 Constitution.

The 16-member board has Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of MoGCSP as Chairperson with Kwesi Armo-Himbson, Chief Director of MoGCSP as the Executive Secretary to the board.

Other members are Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah, Minister of State at the Presidency, Rosemary Ardayfio, Daily Graphic, Sophia Karen Ackuoku, Managing Director of Amsos Ghana, Carlos De-Souza, a legal practitioner and Ernest Otoo from the Ministry of Education.

The rest are Joseph Adomako, Attorney- General’s Department, Lawrencia Akorli, DOVVSU Co-ordinator, Adolf Awuku Bekoe, Domestic Violence Coalition, Dr. Patrick K. Aboagye, Ministry of Health, Dorothy Onny, Director of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Lawrence Ofori-Addo of the Department of Social Welfare.

Others are Her Ladyship Georgina Mensah-Datsa of the Judicial Service, Nortey Dua of the Ghana Medical School and Nana Ama Ayuesua Saara III, Queen-mother of Denkyira.

By Joseph Edu Archison & Celestina Seyram Tsievor 

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