The government should urgently take appropriate action to protect women and children
The Ghana Women’s Rights Network (NETRIGHT) has instructed the government to take appropriate and urgent action to protect women and children in the country.
“Ghanaian women deserve to live and lead safe and dignified lives in environments that nurture and protect them. The house is no longer a safe haven, ”he said.
A statement released by NETRIGHT on Wednesday and copied to the Ghanaian news agency in Accra said it was alarming that family life had become increasingly dangerous for many women since the cruel murder of women by partners. , relatives and other perpetrators has recently reached an alarming level. proportion.
According to the statement, since January 2021, more than 25 women have been killed in their homes, farms, hotels and other private and public places, and staggering statistics, rate and trend have shown that it is was a scourge and a reminder of the wave of murders of women in the country in 1999 or 2000.
The unacceptably high rate of femicides, he said, highlighted the extreme forms of sexual and gender-based violence in the country which have been linked to entrenched inequalities, discrimination and economic powerlessness in society. .
Additionally, the murders had also served as a reminder of the growing normalization of toxic masculinity in Ghanaian society which used women’s bodies as battlegrounds and the insecurities women faced in their homes and communities.
“Unfortunately, as society is quick to ask women why they stay in abusive relationships, reports have instead shown that women who choose to divorce their husbands are killed, those who threaten to divorce are killed. Likewise, women who choose not to continue their intimate relationships are also murdered. Whether women choose to stay or leave, they are still not safe, ”he said.
The statement expressed concern over the culture of silence over the political and public attention to the killings, as this would embolden the attackers and perpetuate a “sense of entitlement” on the part of the attackers.
“It should be clear to everyone that the institution of marriage or relationships and their stereotypical gender norms should not trump human life,” he said.
The statement urged the Ghana Police Service and law enforcement agencies to carry out their duties honorably and as intended, so that perpetrators of heinous crimes face all the rigors of the law. .
He called on stakeholders, including state and non-state actors, to urgently create spaces and mobilize their constituents to discuss systemic violence against women within a broader framework of all kinds of issues. oppression and address the issue of femicide.
He called for an end to femicide and all forms of sexual and gender-based violence against women because it was a crime against women and girls, as well as against humanity.
The statement offers NETRIGHT’s condolences to the families of the women who were murdered in Ghana between January and August 2021.