Oxfam Ghana urges Akufo-Addo to assent to the anti-witchcraft bill

Oxfam Ghana said it is wrong for any woman to be accused as a witch and prevented from engaging in economic activities

Oxfam Ghana, an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Ghana, has urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to assent to the anti-witchcraft bill passed by Parliament.

The communications, media and public engagement lead at Oxfam Ghana, Archibald Adams, in an interview with Asaase News at a training in Accra, said, “We want to urge the president to assent to the anti-witchcraft bill, which has gone through all the processes, including public consultation and memo reception, all the first, second, and third readings in parliament, and is ready on the president’s desk.”

“We believe that no woman should be wrongly accused as a witch and be kept away from economic activities and kept in a camp without their freedom, without their consent. We believe that if this bill is enacted, we will have all the witch camps closed down [and] women can engage in economic activities and can contribute to the growth of their families,” Adams added.

The anti-witchcraft bill was passed by Parliament in 2020 but is yet to be assented by the president of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo.

Oxfam in Ghana organized a training workshop under its Power to Choose (P2C) project to enhance the understanding of 16 journalists of critical concepts related to reproductive health rights, including adolescent reproductive health, family planning, maternal health, access to healthcare services, and gender equality.

Also, to empower the 16 journalists to use storytelling techniques to humanize Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues and engage audiences effectively.

The Power to Choose (P2C) is a seven-year Global Affairs Canada-funded project being implemented in seven countries in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

In Ghana, the Power to Choose (P2C) project is being implemented in five regions (Northern, North-East, Bono East, Central, and Greater Accra regions) and seven Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies( Ashaiman, Kasoa, Cape Coast, Techiman, Sene East, Savelugu, Sagnarigu, and West Mamprusi).

Reporting by Dokurugu Alhassan in the North East Region

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