March 11, 2015

Member of Parliament for Tano South, Freda Prempeh has urged the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to speed up the processes on the drafting of the Legislative Instrument (L.I) to operationalize provisions in the Domestic Violence Act, Act 732 of 2007.

According to the MP, seven years after Parliament passed the Act, the L.I has not been brought to the House for consideration and passage.

Contributing to a statement made by the Chairperson of the Women Caucus of Parliament, Hajia Mary Salifu Boforo, on the floor of the House to mark the International Women’s Day, Hon. Freda Prempeh noted that due to the absence of the LI to guide the issuing of medical forms among others for victims of domestic violence, the prosecution processes are facing several setbacks in the courts.

She added that as a country, there is the need to strengthen our social services systems and social welfare institutions such as CHRAJ, to cater for victims and more importantly educate the public on the repercussions of violence against women.

Hon. Freda Prempeh further appealed to the ministry to establish more Community –Based Action Teams(COMBATs) across the country particularly where the gender violence is more prevalent, to sensitize the communities and also provide support to victims of violence.