As part of the efforts to create awareness and empower community members to claim their rights and reduce the incidence of Domestic violence, Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF Ghana) with support from STAR Ghana held a four day training workshop for 20 community members from 10 communities in the South Dayi District in Volta region. Communities included Tongor Ahor, Peki Dzake, Kpale ?Xorse, Dzemeni, Wegbe Kpalime, Wegbe, Wawase, Kaira Kpalime, Peki Adzokoe New, Peki Adzokoe Old, and Toh.
At the out inauguration ceremony which attracted over 200 people held in Dzemeni a fishing community in the south Dayi District, the Programme Manager ? Communication and Advocacy for WiLDAF Ghana Ms Patricia Isabella Essel, mentioned that the 4 day training is to equip the selected community members with knowledge and skills on the basic family laws (marriage, Divorce, Wills act, Inheritance laws, Children?s rights and domestic violence). She explained that the Project seeks to Improve access to justice from formal and informal justice mechanisms by women men, Person living with Disability and youth in the 10 selected ?communities in District. Also, to ????????
(a)??????? increased redress of legal issues (based on family laws) for people in the 10 communities grounded in their knowledge of the ?family? laws and legal procedures and increased advocacy by community platforms for improved access to justice by justice delivery actors; and
b.???????? increased responsiveness by local justice delivery actors to the legal needs (related to family laws) of people in ?10 communities in South Dayi District.
She also mentioned that there would be seminars and dialogues for state and non actors in the two districts on Alternative Depute resolution to enable them support the work of the trained LLVs in the district. She therefore ?urged the trained Legal Literacy Volunteers (LLVs) to effectively use knowledge gained for the development of the district and the nation as a whole.
Participants after the training will embark on public educational activities in their communities and advocate for change in customary practices that are harmful to women.