CASES of domestic violence, divorce and street children are growing at an alarming rate in the country, the Deputy Director in charge of Finance and Administration, of the Information Services Department (ISD), Mr. Charles Wereko, has said.
Speaking on behalf of the acting Director of ISD, Mr. Noel Arcton-Tettey, at the 15th anniversary celebration of Potter’s Village, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Mr. Wereko said records indicated that gender-based violence, particularly against women, was on the ascendency, rising from 11,294 in 2010 to 16, 274 in 2013, out of a total of 18,795 reported cases.
Mr. Wereko said the government had therefore stepped-up its campaign against the canker to enhance social harmony and safeguard family lives in the country.
He noted that, the cumulative effect of interventions of Potter’s Village and allied NGOs as well as state actors have suggested that, Ghana was losing the fight against violence perpetuated against women and children.
He stressed the need for all related organisations both in the public and private sector to intensify sensitisation programmes to create awareness among all segments of the Ghanaian society to bring about the needed change that would effectively empower women and children to achieve self-actualisation.
Mr. Wereko said his outfit would do all in its power to assist the Potter’s Village to accomplish its objective.
The Paramount Chief of Assin Owirenkyi Traditional Area in the Central Region, Ehunabobrim Prah Agyensaim VI, said children in orphanages could realise their dreams when given the opportunity to exhibit their talents.
He said it was not impossible for children brought up in orphanages to become prominent citizens in the country, and that all that they needed was opportunities.
The Paramount Chief said a lot of prominent people in the world today were raised from orphanages which were not a limitation to the future of children.
“We must recognise that If we don’t take care of the children in the society, the society would destroy them”, he stressed.
Nana Agyensaim VI called on parents to take responsibility for their children even if they were separated.
He urged the orphanage to inculcate in the children the need to be time conscious, a virtue he said would help the children in the near future.
He pledged to support the orphanage with GH¢5,000 for their infrastructural development.
The founder of the orphanage, Mrs. Jane Irina Adu said the orphanage was borne out of the realisation that many women and children were exposed to the devastating effects of domestic violence in the country.
She said most children have abandoned their roots due to the emotional, social and economic consequences of family disintegration and were walking and hawking in the streets leaving their future to chance.
Mrs. Adu called on the government, churches and the entire society to help expose the children to opportunities that would unlock their hidden potentials.
She said plans were far advance to relocate the orphanage to a new site where the children would have access to improved accommodation and educational facilities.
From Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu, Dodowa