Empowerment Aid, a Non- Governmental Organization, focusing on Women and Girls empowerment is calling on Government and security agencies to protect women and girls against violence.
“When women thrive, all of society benefits and succeeding generations are given a better start in life”. – Kofi Annan.
Speaking exclusively to this Reporter, the Secretary of Empowerment Aid Ms. Amofah Obiyaa condemned violence against women and girls, saying most of such acts have detrimental effects on the victims, their families and the country.
“Women and girls have been subject to sexual violence attacks in recent times leading to some deaths, which need public attention”.
“Some of the news on violence against women and girls include defilement of a 4 year old girl in Adadientem and a 24 year old Guest house receptionist who was raped and killed in Kasoa, all in Central Region and many other cases”. She reiterated.
Empowerment Aid is appealing to government and security agencies to strengthen security to protect women and girls. Government should severely punish men who violate rights of women and girls especially rapist, to serve as deterrent to others.
According to the NGO, Parliament needs to pass more of the laws which will seek the welfare as well as protect women and girls in our society. Security services especially the Police must also be proactive in their duties to protect women and girls.
Nevertheless, Civil Society Groups, Media, Opinion leaders, Churches, Celebrities and National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) must all speak to educate people, especially men to respect rights of women and girls and also desist from such act. She added.
Story: Odiyifo Yaw Charles