Gender Ministry abandoned me—Joyce Dzidzor

By: Delali Sika and Gloria Apprey
Joyce Dzidzor
Former AIDS Ambassador, Joyce Dzidzor

FORMER AIDS Ambassador, Joyce Dzidzor Mensah has revealed she is felt abandoned by women organisations, especially Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, Minister for Gender, Child and Social Protection, for the lack of response to the suicide post she made on Facebook recently.

In the post, Joyce Dzidzor also known as Yawavi Yawa said she had had enough and she was going to kill herself and her three children.

Get Digital Versions of Graphic Publications by downloading Graphic NewsPlus Here. Also available in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store


The message gained traction on social media and people reached out to the police who made some attempt to reach her but Joyce Dzidzor said the only person who came to her aid was a staff of Zylofon Media and that there was no contact from the Gender Ministry whatsoever.

“This country is a big joke, a country that does not prioritise children has no future, and I am not saying this just for myself.

"Somebody puts up such a post on Facebook saying, “I am going to kill myself and my three  children” and the only person to stop me was a Zylofon media staff?, Joyce Dzidzor lamented to Showbiz on Tuesday.

“What happened to the Gender for Women and Children Protection Ministry? I expected them to contact me and at least take my children away from me because had it been elsewhere, I would possibly be in a mental institution by now with my children far away from me in government custody.

“Even till now, no one has called me or even shown signs of interest in my children’s safety. See, there is no future for any country that does not prioritise its children.

"This country has a Ministry for Gender Children and Social Protection. They don’t care for women or even children and yet claim children are the nation’s future.

“I want to tell the Gender Minister that if you wants to help vulnerable people, I would entreat you not to take for granted threats like this, threats that put the lives of children at stake. Please be proactive and curb situations before they go out of hand.

“The interesting part of it all was that, I received a call from someone who said he was a policeman who wanted to get my address and I am sure it was to come stop me but I refused and that was it. He just hung up and I didn’t hear from him again.

“Then the media, can you imagine? After I served the note on Facebook, radio stations were calling to interview me rather, I mean how? Someone wants to kill herself and the best you can do is to interview her, it is really sad,” she continued.

Joyce Dzidzor blamed her suicidal thoughts on depression which came out of the challenges she has faced. “Lots of people go into depression and contemplate suicide with some even carrying it out day in and day out and yet no one pays attention. Ghana needs to look at depression as well, we need to pay more attention there.

“It is not easy when you do not have the strength to go through the hardships of life and it is not like you are not putting in effort to better your life.

"You are, yet it is not working. You have hope that it will but it still doesn’t work, it leaves your mind in a state where you feel you are of no use being alive,” she said.

Joyce Dzidzor who is currently receiving treatment from the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, says she is better now and prays that she gets the needed support to overcome her depression.