The Central Regional Director of the Department of Gender, Mrs. Thywill Eyra Kpe has made a passionate plea to parents, community leaders, traditional council members and the general public to desist from settling cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence [SGBV] at home.
According to Thywill Kpe, most sexual and gender based violence happen at home and in communities. She stated that for issues of sexual and gender based violence to be reduced or eradicated, the cases must be reported to law enforcement agencies to ensure the logical end of the cases.
‘To reduce or end Sexual and Gender based violence, we all have a responsibility. A lot of the times, these things happen in the home, in the community and we cover it. We don’t bring it to the forth. Sometimes, when we even report it, we don’t help the law enforcement officers to the logical end of the case. If we want to deal with this issue, we need to help each other to be able to deal with it and let us not settle these issues of sexual violence at home. Let’s report it to the law enforcement agencies.’
Thywill Kpe was speaking on the ATL FM’s Atlantic Wave morning show earlier today [Thursday] with Akosua Akyeabea Sackey. This interaction is part of a 16 Days of activism against Gender Based Violence [25th November to 10th December]. The period earmarked by the United Nations – UN to increase stakeholder action and create awareness on sexual and gender based violence.
Central Regional Director of the Department of Gender, Mrs. Thywill Eyra Kpe
Thywill Eyra Kpe revealed that the four types of Sexual and Gender based violence are experienced in homes and communities in the country but most of them are not reported to law enforcement agencies. She explained how these cases occur; stating that, ‘Sexual and Gender Based Violence [SGVB] is any violence directed at a person due to a social construction of that person’s status and gender. We have four components of SGVB; there’s the physical violence which includes acid baths, corporal punishment; sexual violence like rape, defilement, sexual harassment, incest and sodomy; psychological violence occur when people endure insults related to their self-worth, economic violence includes non-maintenance of the home and restricting partners from engaging in economic ventures.’
November 25 to December 10 each year is earmarked by the United Nations as ’16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence’. The global theme for the 2017campaign is “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”.The period is set aside to mobilize stakeholder action to end Gender Based Violence, especially violence against women and girls across the globe.
Some significant dates within the 16 days campaign include:
- November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
- November 29 – International Women Human Rights Defenders Day
- December 1 – World AIDS Day
- December 5 – International Volunteer Day For Economic and Social Development
- December 6 – Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre
- December 10 – International Human Rights Day and the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Source: Ghana / ATLFMONLINE / R.H