Help reduce stigmatisation of SGBV victims--- Ambrose Cori
Mr Joseph-Whittal, CHRAJ Boss

Help reduce stigmatisation of SGBV victims— CHRAJ

Help reduce stigmatisation of SGBV victims— CHRAJ

Help reduce stigmatisation of SGBV victims— CHRAJ

The media has been urged to be cautious in reporting issues bordering on sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in order to reduce stigmatisation against survivors and encourage others to speak out against the menace.

“We need to be mindful of the language we use while reporting such incidences such that we are not judgmental of the survivor and also not justify the actions of perpetrators,” a staff of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr Ambrose Cori, advised.

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He was addressing journalists at a capacity building programme organised by the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV and AIDs (INERELA+), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), in Accra on Friday.

The training was to encourage right reportage on SGBV among practitioners as part of a three-year project rolled out by the UN Women, an organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Expected to end in 2022, the project is being implemented in Burundi and South Africa  and in Ghana where, three communities; Chorkor, Jamestown and Nima,  all in the Greater Accra region  have seen selected for  implementation.

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Mr Cori encouraged journalists to be objective in reporting acts of gender based violence in the society to seek the necessary redress.

“Do not give incentive or take one to solicit information from a survivor. Respect their views in the circumstance and when the person is a minor, seek the consent of the parents or guardian and a social welfare officer,” he advised.

Vice President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mrs Linda Asante expressed concern over the resurgence of domestic violence in the country in recent times and entreated journalists not to relent in exposing such incidences.

“The media must continue to unearth these issues for it to get the needed attention and redress. Let’s make sure these cases are reported for necessary action to be taken,” she urged.

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Encouraging survivors of abuse to report and not condone the act, Mrs Asante, believed recent media reports of abuses on women with some leading to death was an opportunity for “the media to start talking about this menace seriously so that the necessary policies and interventions can be taken to address this problem once and for all.”

Executive Director of INERELA+ Ghana, Mrs Mercy Acquah-Hayford, was appalled that despite public campaigns against SGBV over the years, the practice pertained.

She particularly challenged religious and traditional leaders to stand up against the act by ensuring that perpetrators were brought to book and not sheltered.

Public agitations have been rife in the last week following reports of physical abuses meted to two women leading to their death.

A District Court in Madina on March 10, remanded into police custody one Prince Charles Dedjoe, a businessman for allegedly killing his 43-year old wife.

A Deputy Director of the Youth and Employment Agency (YEA) in the Akatsi North District, Philip Caesar Kumah, was also alleged to have subjected his girlfriend to severe beatings, resulting in her death later at the Ho Teaching Hospital.



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