The Brong-Ahafo Regional Capital,??Sunyani will from 28th to 30th?November, 2013 host the first National Conference on Violence Against Women
The conference is aimed at developing innovative strategies to curb the ever increasing violence against women in Ghana.
It would be on the theme: ?The prospects and Challenges of Ensuring a coordinating Response to Domestic Violence in Ghana? is being organized by Global Media Foundation, human rights and anti-corruption media advocacy organization in collaboration with Human Care and Maintenance Foundation.
Disclosing this to the Times here in Sunyani, the CEO of the Foundation, Raphael Godlove Ahenu Jr, said over the years, communities across the country identified domestic violence as a social problem of significant proportions and both past and present governments have not initiated innovative strategies to stop the violence and protect battered women and children.
He said even though the enactment of the Domestic Violence Act of 2007 was a great step towards this cause, however, the greatest challenge has been the implementation and enforcement of the Act as it lacks clear producer that ought to be followed in the implementation phase.
Mr. Ahenu? Jr. who is a human rights crusader, pointed out that over the years, there been a realization that a parallel reform program in response to domestic violence does not foster any meaningful intervention.
He continued that individual attempts by either the police force, or advocates or social workers have often appeared to be fragmented.? These efforts are seen as lacking a shared vision and have no coordinated mechanism for problem solving.
This, according to him, called for a process to create a unified vision about the goals of reform on domestic violence, the fundamental principles of intervention, the merit of collaboration and the necessity for public accountability.
Mr. Ahenu Jr. said the November conference would come out with innovative strategies that would enhance a system where the onus of holding domestic violence abusers accountable lies in the service providers and the wider community, rather than only the survivor.
This, he noted would ensure that the criminal justice system serves? the needs of all victims providing effective sanctions against abusers and acting as a deterrent to future abusers.