Ms Mercy Adomaa Besseah
Establish National Telephone Call Centre for GBV – NPC Director
The Ashanti Regional Director of National Population Council (NPC) has asked government to establish a National Telephone call centre or desk that specifically provides technical and financial support for Victims of Abuse or Domestic Violence especially during this pandemic.
The Ashanti Regional Director, Ms. Mercy Adomaa Besseah in an interview with Newstimegh.com reporter Joe Marfo, during the commemoration of the World Population Day in Kumasi, emphasized that the creation of the call centre will make it easy and accessible for victims of abuse especially women and girls to call and report cases of sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation to Domestic Violence and Victims Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service without stress for prompt response.
According to her, most women and girls who to a large extent suffer violence tend not to report cases due to fear, stigmatization and discrimination as well as the cumbersome process one has to go through in accessing justice and in some case adequate remedies.
At the world population Celebration day in Kumasi last week, she said 90% of women and girls in rural areas suffer sexual abuses and domestic violence.
A research conducted by BMC Public Health in 2016, reveals that about 33–37 percent of women in Ghana have ever experienced domestic violence in various forms including intimate partner violence in their relationship. These estimates may be far more than what actually persists, as violence against women and girls remain a largely hidden problem (sensitive issue) that only few females have the courage to openly confess the research concluded.
Speaking passionately to our reporter, madam Mercy added ‘sexual and domestic violence do not only occur at home but also outside the home including the institutional setting, as the forces of violence do not break in times emergencies, crisis or pandemic its prudent measures are put in place with the urgency it deserves’’.
As a result, the Ashanti Regional NPC Director, Ms. Mercy Adomaa Besseah believes that women are to be valued and treasured for we will be making a mistake if we agree that issues of sexual violence can wait till the fight against covid-19 is over. The time to activate the National Telephone Call Centre to provide technical and legal assistance in support of victims of abuses is now. So the affected will have the courage to call and report cases at ease.
By: Joe Marfo