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02.06.2006 General News

Foundation Outdoors Casebook On Rights Of Women

By GNA

The Ghana Legal Literacy and Resource Foundation, yesterday launched a Casebook on the Rights of Women.

With funding from the British High Commission's Small Grants Scheme, under the auspices of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), the 302-page book seeks to advance the course of the rights of women in Ghana, to empower them to play positive roles towards national development.

Speaking at the function, Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister for Women and Children's Affairs, commended Ghana for ratifying all International conventions on the rights of women and gave the assurance that her Ministry would collaborate with non-governmental organisations, religious and traditional authorities, as well as other stakeholders, to promote the advancement of the fundamental rights of women in the country.

Hajia Mahama, who was the Special Guest at the launch, stressed the need for stakeholders to embark on continued education for women, to help keep them abreast with issues affecting their rights. She advocated the compilation of a similar casebook on the rights of children, before they grew up to take over the mantles of leadership from the elderly and the aged.

Mr Joe Ghartey, Attorney General designate, commended members of the legal profession for their consistency in the promotion of the Rule of Law in Ghana, even since the days of John Mensah Sarbah, a prominent Ghanaian lawyer.

Mr Ghartey also praised the government for its commitment to promoting the fundamental human rights of the citizenry.

Mrs Menna Rawlings, Deputy British High Commissioner in Ghana, said it was regrettable to note that women experienced inequality in the world over and urged governments to assist women to address issues that adversely affect their rights.

Mr Solomon Kwami Tetteh, President of the GBA, urged government to ensure that practices that infringed on the fundamental rights of women were eradicated.

Professor Nii Ashie Kotei, Acting Director of the Ghana School of Law, who chaired the function, pointed out that for the nation to develop, "Everything ought to be done to bring women who form the majority of the population, on board".

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