Samira Bawumia launches CoPASH

The Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Samira Bawumia, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Samira Empowerment & Humanitarian Projects, on Monday, launched the Coalition of People Against Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Harmful Practices (CoPASH) at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Accra.

The launch brought together dignitaries such as former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Christine Evans-Klock (UN Resident Coordinator), Ministers of state, Civil Society Organizations, among others to form a coalition to advocate as well as draw attention to issues of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) against women and girls.

According to the Second Lady, CoPASH is purposed to bring high level advocacy and visibility to interventions aimed at preventing and managing gender issues in Ghana.

These gender issues include but not limited to; child marriage, violence against women and girls, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), as well as Harmful Cultural Practices that take beaming smiles off the faces of women and girls.

“We are going to put an advisory board in place and hold periodic conferences to advocate better resources for the fight against SGBV, monitor strategies and it’s impact on the field and ensure protection for victims,” She noted.

In a presentation by Chief Superintendent Owusuwaa Kyeremeh; National Coordinator of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), she revealed that, about 15, 901 and 12, 176 domestic violence cases were recorded in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

She however lamented the inadequate logistics and resources as a major challenge of DOVVSU. She called on the Second Lady and other stakeholders to come to the rescue of the one-stop – center that was started about ten years ago but was halted due to financial constraints.

Source: Ophelia Allotey || ghananewsonline.

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