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Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba who is the Minister for Gender indicated that, "To ensure the achievement of the Ministry's mandate, a number of board have been constituted in line with Act of parliament to advise and provide technical support to the Ministry.

These include :

*The Ministerial Advisory Board,
*The Human Trafficking Management Board,
*Domestic Violence Management Board,
*The Cancer Board,
*Adoption Board and
*The National Council on persons with Disability Board."

She said, "a series of programmes were undertaken to mark calendar events such as the international Women's Day (IWD), Breast Cancer Awareness Month which was marked with 3 national durbars and 30 regional durbars. The Ministry observed these days with a variety of programmes including durbars, health walk within the year under review. The celebration of these calendar events create the necessary awareness on current and emerging issues affecting women, children and other vulnerable groups." The Ghana National Action plan (GHANAP) on the UN Resolution 1325 on Women peace and Security was reviewed to ensure the full representation and active participation of women in conflict, prevention, resolution, peace, negotiation ,mediation, crisis and security management at all levels of the Ghanaian society.

A capacity building training workshop was organized for 28 Gender Desk officers from other  Ministry Department and agencies(MDAs) and  40 officers from Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembly (MMDAs) on mainstreaming the National Gender Policy into their plans to ensure that the rights, interests and special needs of women and girls are integrated into policy formulation and implementation."

According to her, the Ministry continued to create awareness on fistula in prevalent communities which targeted Chiefs, Queen mothers, Opinion and Religious  Leaders."

Again, the  Ministry  has initiated a programme dubbed (Operation Get Off the Street Now For A Better Life). The objective is to reduce the phenomenon of persons living on the street Data collection to create a database is ongoing with 4,098 children already registered. A single window call centre (Help Line of Hope) has been launched and operationalized to receive complaints through a Til-free number 0800800/0800900900 and SMS on a  short code 8020."

Ghana joined the rest of the world to commemorate The World Day Against Trafficking in persons(Blue Day) under the theme :"stakeholders Unite to End Human Trafficking : Take Action Now" at senya Bereku on 30th July, 2017."

Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba, concluded,our presentation has demonstrated that, the Ministry Of Gender, Children and Social Protection is working to make life better for vulnerable and excluded to ensure that, no one is left out or behind in the socio-economic  development of our country. We continue to improve and expand government 's social Protection interventions under our care."

Otiko Afisah Djaba
Otiko Afisah Djaba

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