The Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs is developing a comprehensive Plan of Action to implement the Domestic Violence Act passed on Wednesday by Parliament.
Funds to implement the programmes would be drawn from the multi-donor budgetary support programme, Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister of Women and Children's Affairs, has said.
She was addressing a group of women from the civil society at Parliament House yesterday.
The women, numbering about 100, were in white attire apparently to celebrate the passage of the law which seeks to give protection to the family setting against abuses.
The Domestic Violence Bill, now an act is awaiting presidential assent to become operative.
The meeting with the women was attended by the women's caucus, Chairman of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Kofi Osei-Ameyaw (NPP Asuogyaman) and some other male MPs.
Hajia Mahama said the programmes would include sensitisation campaigns to be held across the length and breath of the country to educate the people.
She said the programme would also seek to support enforcement agencies and institutions working on counselling, rehabilitation and reintegration through capacity building and making available, logistics and facilities to give meaning to the law.
Hajia Mahama said the passage of the act was also in accordance with Ghana's international commitments and obligations under the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, the protocol to the African charter on the Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women, as well as
Hajia Mahama said the law is not for the benefit of only women and children, but applicable to men and women, and both sexes have to take advantage of.
She commended the joint committee of Gender and Children and Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for working hard to ensure the passage of the act.
Mrs. Esther Obeng Dapaah (NPP-Abirem) and Chairperson of the Committee on Gender and Children, said, "It would interest you to know that though statistics pronounce women and children mostly as victims, some records shockingly reveal women as perpetrators of heinous abuse in the domestic set up."
and Chairperson of the Committee on Gender and Children, said, "It would interest you to know that though statistics pronounce women and children mostly as victims, some records shockingly reveal women as perpetrators of heinous abuse in the domestic set up."
For his part, Mr. Osei-Ameyaw, threw the meeting into laughter when he remarked: "If you are a man and want to live peacefully in Ghana, with the passage of this law, please do not beat your wife, and if you are a woman do not beat your husband as well."