Women And Children’s Affairs Ministry Makes Progress
Ghana has maintained its tier two rating status, according to the 2011 USA Trafficking in Persons Report.
In addition to maintaining her rating, Ghana has also made some remarkable accomplishments, as a total of 110 cases were reported country-wide on Human Trafficking, 85 of which are under investigation while the National Plan of Action on Human Trafficking is under review.
Furthermore, three persons have been prosecuted and three convictions obtained.
These were contained in an address delivered by the Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs, Mrs Juliana Azumah-Mensah, when she took her turn at the Meet-The-Press series in Accra, yesterday.
On Affirmative Action, Mrs Azumah-Mensah disclosed that the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs (MOWAC) had constituted an Affirmative Action Committee to co-ordinate the drafting of an Affirmative Action (AA) Bill.
According to the Minister, the committee had organized ten regional consultative fora involving a broad spectrum of stakeholders including traditional authorities to solicit views for the drafting of the AA bill.
She said apart from the AA Bill, the Ministry had also embarked on a nation-wide consultation to collate views for the drafting of a National Gender Policy, formulated on selected sector strategies, enhanced by gender based analysis, extensive consultation and the establishment of gender equality goals.
Touching on Domestic Violence, she said a documentary, which would soon be launched, had been developed to address acts of domestic violence.
On children-related issues, Mrs Azumah-Mensah said the Ministry would develop a National Child Protection Policy (NCPP) to provide an integrated approach in the delivery of child-related services and outline comprehensive interventions and standard operating procedures for child care professionals.