According to a survey conducted by Action Aid Ghana in two districts in the Upper West region, there has been widespread gender-based violence and harassment at work, especially in the informal sector.
Women recorded 76 cases of domestic violence in a survey conducted in the Jirapa and Lambussie districts with 25 women groups in 16 communities.
Aid to Action Habiba Nibaradun, Ghana's Regional Director of Programmes, is concerned about the trend.
“These incidents lead to gender inequality and are embedded in strong socio-cultural and traditional norms that continue to abuse women's and girls' rights and prohibit them from exercising their basic human rights.”
She was speaking at a rally to encourage the government to ratify the International Labour Organization's convention on sexual discrimination.
“Violence in the formal and informal workplaces, child marriages, marriage by abduction, and teenage pregnancy are violations against women and girls that are common in the Upper West region,” Madam Habiba said.
The movement brought together a variety of small-business organizations, including the Trades Union Congress (TUC), to bring pressure on the government to find a long-term solution to domestic violence.
Action Aid also wants the government to implement measures that would help to prevent workplace discrimination and provide a better working atmosphere for all employees in the country.
Charity Bature, the Upper West Regional Director of Gender, was also in attendance, and she urged victims of domestic abuse and workplace discrimination to report suspects to law enforcement.
“Do not remain quiet if you are subjected to workplace harassment or bullying. The fact that you work for others does not imply that your integrity as a human being is unaffected.” She added
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