Gender-based domestic violence to end in Bono East Region

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The Bono East Region has taken steps through the collaboration of stakeholders to end gender-based domestic violence (GDV) which has become an impediment to achieving improved socio-economic growth of the people in the area.

The menace has become a concern to stakeholders including traditional authorities, religious bodies and the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC).

To curb the menace to make the society free of it, key stakeholders at the end of a day’s meeting organised by the RCC and supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday at Techiman suggested education and enforcement of laws to prevent its occurrence to protect and promote the interest of possible victims.

Mr George Padmore Mensah, a Chief Director and Regional Coordinating Director of Bono East, in an opening address, stated that educating key stakeholders, including market women, traditional, religious and opinion leaders, on sexual and domestic gender-based violence was another way to end the menace in the region.

Mr Mensah affirmed the RCC’s commitment to supporting stakeholders like the law enforcement agencies to ensure the eradication of domestic violence in the region.

Respecting each other’s rights in the home was the surest way to promote unity and foster development at its fastest pace, he added.

Mr Mensah, however, appealed to traditional authorities, local political leaders, religious and opinion leaders to frown on crimes of such nature and desist from settling them out of court and allow the laws against that to work.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Kofi Sarkodie Addo, the Techiman Divisional Crime Officer, in a presentation on laws against domestic violence said the Police were committed to prosecuting anybody involved in domestic violence cases to deter would-be perpetrators to reduce its incidence.

Nana Yeboaa Asuamah, the ‘Adontenhemaa’ of the Techiman Traditional Area, pledged the support of the traditional authority, especially queens, to enforce the laws against GDV by reporting cases to the Police and other appropriate agencies.

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