Thursday, 5 April 2012

Ghana: Cultural and religious beliefs and human righst abuses

The Deputy Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs, Hajia Hawawu Boya Gariba, has reiterated Ghana still has a general problem with religion and culture leading to human rights abuses.

“We still have to go further to achieve the needed empowerment of women by educating the girl child and get women in certain positions to help in the development of the country” she said.

Speaking in a telephone interview on Joy News TV’s pm: EXPRESS programme, the Deputy Minister noted that the number of witches camps in northern Ghana have increased to about six within a short space of time, a development she describes as very alarming as their existence infringes on the rights of women and children.

In some parts of the Northern region, there is a belief that blames the causes of famine and outbreak of diseases such as meningitis on witchcraft with mostly women being accused of causing the outbreaks.
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