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02.11.2008 Social News

Women's access to justice paramount

By gna

Due to the high illiteracy rate among women, most of them are ignorant

of their rights.

Mr. Reginald Sackey, Assembly member for Essam Electoral Area, made the observation at Akim Oda in the Birim Central Municipality, shortly after attending a day's paralegal training workshop organised for women from some communities in the municipality on Saturday.

The workshop sought to offer skills training to some field officers on the basic laws and policies that address women's access to justice.

Mr. Sackey called for more of such workshops to help

improve women's access to justice.

He explained that most of the women did not know that there were channels for them to seek redress against violations perpetrated against them.

According to him, the low level of education among women accounted more for their inability to access justice, rather than tradition and the social values society places on them.

He stated that even though women formed a greater percentage of the population and impact significantly in the development process, they remained marginalized and suffered violence and discrimination.

Mr. Sackey expressed the hope that participants at the workshop after their training would use their new skills to bring the basic laws to the doorstep of women at the community level.