The Deputy Director of Administrative Justice of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mrs Esther Annor, has encouraged women and girls to report all forms of violence against them.
She said violence against women and girls, which is becoming prevalent in almost every home in the country, is a violation of human rights and must not be condoned.
Mrs Annor was speaking at a media training on issues relating to violence against women and girls in Ghana.
The workshop was organised by Inrela Ghana, an association of religious leaders living with HIV and AIDS, with funding from the United Nations (UN) Women Trust Fund.
It exposed journalists to the ethical ways to report on women’s rights and stories of survivors of violence.
Mrs Annor said every human being, irrespective of sex, is entitled to human rights, and charged women and girls to always fight for their rights.
She stressed the need for society to support those facing some sort of abuse to ensure their protection and wellbeing, saying such abuses come in different forms.
“In Ghana, violence against women and girls takes different forms in many aspects embedded in social, cultural and economic cultures, from the work place to homes,” Mrs Annor said, and called for concerted efforts to halt them.
Mrs Mercy Acquah-Hayford, the Country Coordinator for Inrela Ghana, said the workshop was part of a three-year project, which started in 2010, to create awareness on the need to end and reduce stigma against abused persons.
The project, she said, is being implemented in three communities in Accra – Chorkor, James Town and Nima.
Mrs Acquah-Hayford said the project would engage men in the selected communities and enlighten them on the need to protect women and girls and desist from abusing them.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said violence against women, particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence, is a major public health problem and a violation of women’s human rights.
Estimates published by WHO indicate that, globally, about one in three (30 per cent) of women have been subjected to either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.