Implementers of SOS-Green Project on Thursday 9th December 2021 reached out to residents of Drobonso; a farming community located within the Sekyere Afram plains of Ashanti region.
The essence of the outreach centered on sensitizing occupants on Gender Based Violence (GBV) and forms of abuse against women to mark the celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women.
The program was done in collaboration with United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).
A segment of the outreach was dedicated to getting residents informed on the intervention of the SOS-GrEEn Project and how they can take advantage of green job and entrepreneurship opportunities in their local economies.
A brief presentation on the foregoing was delivered by Baba Mutawakilu- Trainer for the Project.
Delivering a talk on the forms of GBV against women, Vincent Ohene Ntow- (Training Team Leader-SOS GrEEn Project) touched the conscience of the male participants on the legal repercussions they might face should they subject a woman to any form of abuse.
Identifying the various forms of abuse ( physical, sexual, emotional etc) in his presentation, he indicated that abusing a woman “is no show of love” and that a man has no right whatsoever to abuse the opposite sex.
He challenged that women who fall victim to such situations should not hesitate in taking up the matter by reporting to the appropriate agency.
In an interview with the media, he shared a strong opinion that reported cases on GBV should not be withdrawn from agencies where they were reported for any form of settlement at home.
According to him, victims must trust institutions handling such cases and allow the law to deal with offenders.
Ms. Fidelia Serwaa Ankomah (Social Advocate) also delivered a presentation on the root causes of violence against women and the role of NGOs in addressing them.
Naming gender inequality as one of the causes, she applauded NGOs on the effective advocacy role played against the menace.
She gave a worrying statistics that 1 out of 3 women are victims of abuse and 36 out of 100 women die yearly as a result of abuse.