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Fight for equality- Akropong DOVVSU Head tells women

BY: Haruna Yussif Wunpini
Chief Inspector Eunice Afelipok Atinya addressing the participants
Chief Inspector Eunice Afelipok Atinya addressing the participants

The Head of the Akropong District Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, Chief Inspector Eunice Afelipok Atinya, has advised women to continue to fight for equality with men.

She charged them not to allow discrimination against them to discourage them but rather aspire to various positions since that would bring them at par with their male counterparts.

Chief Inspector Atinya gave the advice when she addressed a gathering at Adawso in the Akuapem North District of the Eastern Region to mark the International Women's Day last Tuesday.

The event, which was organised by Amnesty International Ghana, was attended by queen mothers, women and female pupils from some selected basic schools in the area.

Relegation

According to her, in some societies, women were not allowed to contribute in any discussions and had been relegated to the background.

She said despite such discrimination, many women had been able to rise to the top and had become role models.

Chief Inspector Atinya advised women to continue to aspire to the top instead of coming out with slogans for recognition.

Chief Inspector Atinya, who said she came from an area where women were discriminated against, said no matter the background of women, they could go through the challenges to break the barrier to be successful.

Rights & responsibilities

The Campaign and Communications Coordinator of Amnesty International Ghana, Madam Belinda Adikie Asamanyuah, who dwelt extensively on human rights and climate change, said it was necessary to use the occasion to educate women and schoolchildren on their rights and responsibilities.

She urged women to show more interest in tree planting to safeguard the environment to avert the negative impacts of climate change.

Oppression

Madam Asamanyuah noted that women were most of the time oppressed as such their voices were not heard and that was having a negative impact on them.

She said since Amnesty International Ghana had recognised the numerous challenges women faced, her outfit would continue to educate women to surmount such challenges to be at par with their male counterparts.

The Ankobeahemaa of Adawso, Nana Ama Boafoa, who chaired the function, said women had been sacrificing for a long time and such a situation must change to give women the dignity they deserved.

Women, she said, must help one another instead of seeing themselves as enemies.

Nana Ama Boafoa explained that in spite of the many contributions of women in Ghana and the world as a whole, they were confronted with many challenges such as unpaid domestic chores, domestic abuses and other injustices.

That, she indicated, militated against their progress.

On education, the Ankobeahemaa advised women to invest in the education of their children, particularly girls, for them to grow to become responsible adults, adding that it was not the best to relegate women to the kitchen.