Women need protection

The acting Director of the Department of Gender, Mrs Comfort Asare, has called for  total liberation of Ghanaian women and the protection of their rights.

“As a nation, we need to ensure the total liberation and protection of the vulnerable from all forms of discrimination as well as pull our resources together for sustainable development,” she added.

Mrs. Asare made the call at a seminar on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in Accra yesterday.

The programme, which formed part of activities to commemorate the International Women’s Day celebration, was on the theme, “Gender equality by 2030: Inclusion of all for Ghana’s sustainable development”.

It attracted students from the second cycle institutions and women organisation groups.

Mrs Asare stressed the need to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally, and reflect on the progress made to achieve gender equality.

She said Ghana as a member of the United Nations was joining the international community, to commemorate the day through the organisation of series of seminars on SDGs.

Mrs Asare stated that one of the ways of reducing poverty and inequality was through education as identified in the SDGs.

The National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre, Accra, Ms Cynthia Prah, called for the abolishing of negative cultural practices such as female genital mutilation and early child marriage that affect the rights and development of women children in the country.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

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