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31.01.2014 General News

FIDA holds assessment meeting

By Vida Essel / Daily Graphic / Ghana
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Organisations and agencies that work to promote the rights of women and children have been advised to exhibit positive attitudes towards complainants.

According to the former President of the Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA) Ghana, Mrs Ernestina Naana Hagan, such positive attitude would encourage victims to open up about their problems for redress.

She explained that stakeholders still lacked the right attitude to handle various cases of violation due to ingrained, endemic and outmoded socio-cultural practices, and appealed to them to change their attitude to help achieve the objective for which they were established.

Mrs Hagan was speaking at an assessment meeting of  FIDA's service providers and state actors in Accra. 

Assessment Meeting 
The meeting was to evaluate the impact of the learning and sharing programme introduced by FIDA to educate stakeholders on issues related to domestic violence, Intestate Succession Law and other issues concerning human rights.

It was to determine how information acquired during the programme had been implemented to improve women's right.

In addition, the meeting was to ascertain stakeholders knowledge on referral systems in addressing various human rights issues among others.

Mrs Hagan said more favourable results had been achieved since the project began and was hopeful that more could be achieved with constant education and awareness creation.

Organised by FIDA and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), representatives of the Judicial Services, Police, Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Social Welfare, Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU), Ark Foundation and other human rights organisations in the Greater Accra Region evaluated their successes after the sharing and learning programme.

They were of the view that if more stakeholders could be introduced to the programme, more results could be achieved in the next few years.

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