Monday, March 3, 2008

Journalists sensitised to FGM

Journalists sensitised to FGM

Daily Graphic, Monday, March 3, 2008. Page 34 (Regional News)

Benjamin Xornam Glover, Bolgatanga

A day’s sensitisation workshop for journalists in the Upper East Region to the danger of female genital mutilation (FGM) and other harmful cultural practices has ended at Bolgatanga. The workshop was organised by the Ghana Association of Women’s Welfare (GAWW), was to update the knowledge of media practitioners on the harm the practice does to women.

GAAW, an affiliate of the Inter- Africa Committee on Harmful Traditional Practices affecting the health of women, urged the media practitioners to use their tools of communications to nip the negative practice in the bud.

Opening the workshop, the President of GAWW, Mrs Florence Ali, described FGM as the most dehumanising and harmful cultural practice that must be condemned and stopped. She advised the participants to lead the crusade in creating the awareness that would lead the abolition of the act.

The Bongo District Officer of the Commission of Human Rights and administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr S.A. Hakeem, said under the criminal code of Ghana, anybody found carrying out the act or collaborating was liable to prosecution. He, therefore, urged members of the society to be on the look out for people who infringed on the law and report them to the appropriate quarters for punitive action.

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