Actionaid Ghana, an NGO, has referred to as for the criminalisation of witch-craft accusations within the nation.
The organisation needs parlia-ment to enact a legislation that may make such accusations unlawful and in addition result in the prosecution of perpetrators or individuals who accused girls of witchcraft and extra banished them to witch camps.
At an match to climax the 16 days of activism as seen via the organisation within the Upper West Region, Programmes Manager, Ms Abiba Nibaradun, who learn a conversation on behalf of the NGO, mentioned the legislation was once important to offer protection to girls accused of witchcraft from bodily abuse or getting without end banished from their houses to witch camps with out a proper of enchantment.
The match at Wa on Friday was once at the theme “Ending femicide in Ghana: a call for anti-witchcraft law,” and was once initiated via a stroll throughout the primary streets of Wa via individuals who displayed placards with messages that referred to as for an finish to violence towards girls.
“In fact, the existence of witch camps in the 21st century alone is a cruel manifestation of gender inequality and violence against women in Ghana, “Ms Nibaradun said.
Recounting abuses towards wom-en accused of witchcraft, she men-tioned that about two years in the past, a gaggle of other people cruelly lynched the overdue madam Akua Denteh who was once accused of witchcraft at Kaf-aba within the Northern area, and mentioned the sufferer died cruelly.
“Since this condemnable inci-dent, many other women and girls have faced and continue to face various levels of abuse in silence, unfortunately, we have all stayed silent to the wanton and shameless atrocities against women and girls who are already vulnerable and living in poverty”, she lamented.
As a question of urgency and ex-treme precedence, she discussed that the country wanted regulations that may make the observe unattractive via criminalising and prosecuting in-dividuals excited by such human rights abuses.
“The country needs to muster political will to curb this menace: we cannot continue to turn a blind eye and engage in talk shops without taking bold actions! This cruelty must stop! Old age is not a crime and witchcraft accusations with their attendant brutalities against women cannot be excused on the pedestal of tradition”, she chanted.
The Programmes Manager believed that the 50 in keeping with cent minimize in budgetary allocation to the Do-mestic Violence Fund from GH¢2 million in 2022 to GH¢1 million within the 2023 finances was once a slap on social coverage and would result in lowered effort at protective girls.
Receiving the conversation, the Chief Director on the Regional Co-ordinating Council, Mr Peter Mala, described as unlucky the continual perpetration of abuse towards girls and referred to as for a metamorphosis in angle and extra admire for girls.
He confident the organisation that he was once going to ship copies of the remark to all related stakehold-ers to be sure that the problems raised within the conversation were given addressed with the urgency it deserved.
Author: Ghanaian Times