Tain District defy FGM ban

Mrs Cynthia Morrison,Minister of Gender,Children and Social Protection,Designate

Mrs Cynthia Morrison,Minister of Gender,Children and Social Protection,Designate

The Brong Ahafo Regional Director of Department of Gender, Children and Social Protection Joycelyn Adii, has expressed worry about the continuous practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in some communities in the region.

According to her despite numerous campaigns against the harmful cultural practice against women, some traditional authorities in communities such as Banda, Brohani, Menji among others in the Tain District in the region are still neck deep in the abominable practice.

She explained that the entrenched stance taken by these traditional authorities in the practice of FGM was affecting efforts at eliminating it and appealed to the media to continue to highlight the issues.

“We continue to receive reports from the ground that young girls in these communities are smuggled out to other places to undergo the FGM practice and brought back” she said.

Madam Adii was speaking at a media engagement in Sunyani on HEFORSHE campaign, a United Nations programme due to be launched in the country as part of efforts to champion the cause of women by various governments globally.

In Ghana the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection has highlighted three specific calls for action to be targeted by the campaign in the country.

These include ending child marriage and negative cultural practices, increasing women’s participation in political decision making spheres among others.

The regional director appealed to the media and men in general to take a lead role and make commitment in pushing the HEFORSHE agenda.

FROM DANIEL DZIRASAH, SUNYANI

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