More so, the heinous act drains public resources, undermines human capital, and also lowers economic productivity in the country.
Ghana’s statistics on domestic violence has not changed fundamentally after 20 years of a massive campaign against the canker.
The statistics show that violence against women still stands at 28%, spousal murder stands at 53% — 2 per every month, 12 months prior to the research.
More so, the commonest form of domestic violence suffered by men in Ghana is psychological violence (7.9%) and the least is sexual is sexual violence, (1.4%)
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Nana Oye Lithur, made this known during the official launch of the Ghana domestic violence research report titled; Domestic Violence In Ghana: Incidence, Attitudes, Determinants and consequences. The Minister, noted that the the state is not good.
“Domestic violence is one of the most pervasive violations of human rights in the world , yet one of the least reported , least prosecuted, one of the greatest threats to lasting peace and development in our country.
According to Nana Oye Lithur, records of Domestic Violence Victims’ Support Unit(DOVVSU), established within the Ghana Police Service , indicate that 2011 and 2013, 54,415 cases of sexual and gender -based violence were reported to DOVVSU. As 15, 885 cases of assault were also reported in the same year.
The Human Rights Advocacy Centre also conducted a media audit of spousal murders from January to 2010 to 2010 to July 2012.
42 cases of wife -killings, 5 cases husband -killings and 6 cases of rival murders reported in the media. It was a total of 53 cases and an average of 2 spousal murders per month taking place in Ghana.
“This means we have to be more aggressive in fighting to end domestic violence in Ghana. We need to step up efforts to protect our society against domestic violence”, she emphasised.
Adding that, the report will go a long way to provide an in- depth understanding of the incidence and types domestic violence, the determinants and consequences of domestic violence.
It is an opportunity for the government, Civil Society Organisations and individuals to better understand and appreciate the impact of domestic violence in Ghana and more importantly work work hard together to reduce the incidence of domestic violence in the country.
The British High Commissioner His Excellency John Benjamin, stated that UK is committed to addressing the root causes of gender inequality as a way of empowering girls and women now and for the future, enabling them to have voice, choice and control in their lives.
According to him , violence against women and girls drains public resources, undermines human capital, and lowers economic productivity.
Preventing it is so important in achieving better lives for not only individual women and girls, but for their families and societies as well.
Adding that , no society can ever fully develop, if half of that society suffers some degree of marginalisation and exclusion. And women are half of society, in fact a little more, and have the most basic of human rights to equal treatment with men in every aspect of life.
We simply cannot achieve sustainable and inclusive development while further marginalising people based on their gender. It is well established by now that the active and meaningful inclusion of all women and girls in all spheres of life – political, social and economic – remains critical to the development of a nation.
The UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals, to be achieved by 2030, clearly recognise that.
Violence against women and girls drains public resources, undermines human capital, and lowers economic productivity. Preventing it is so important in achieving better lives for not only individual women and girls, but for their families and societies as well.
The British Government has driven forward its commitment to do more to address violence against women and girls in recent years. Through our Department for International Development (DFID), we are working closely with the Government of Ghana, civil society organisations and other partners to address some of the risk factors of violence in a variety of sectors.
Our ongoing programmes include:
• Our Girls’ PASS programme, worth £47 million, provides scholarship packages to 86,000 girls from deprived households at significant risk of dropping out of school.These scholarships enable girls to complete their cycle of secondary education.
. Our nearly £20m Adolescent Reproductive Health Programme in Brong Ahafo works with adolescent girls – and, importantly, boys – providing them with access to advice and health services to enable them to have more control over their sexual health and behaviour.
• Additionally, our Complementary Basic Education programme, worth £18 million, targets out of school children, including girls, and provides them with a second chance at education.
By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/NewsGhana.com.GH