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25.11.2008 Religion

Muslim Women Updated On Gender-Based Violence

By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman -

Muslim Women from across the country have attended a three-week workshop aimed at equipping them with the knowledge of gender-based violence.

The workshop, which ended last Saturday, was under the theme: “Sensitising Muslim women on gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health through education.”

It was organised by the Federation of Muslim Women Associations of Ghana, a Coalition of Muslim Organisations and the United Nations Population Fund.

Dr. Rabiatu Ar-mah, a senior lecturer at the Department of Religious Studies, University of Ghana told the Times that the workshop gave the Muslim women an insight into gender based violence and how to curb it in their communities.

She said gender based violence but across sexes adding that although women were more often at the receiving end, a lot of men now reported cases of abuse by their women.

Dr. Armah stressed the need for Imams to preach against gender-based violence which is abhorred.

Dr. Zarinab Baba, a medical practitioner at the 37 Military Hospital also took the participants through the health implication of gender based violence.