Do not tolerate violence —NGO to women

A non-profit Gender Advocacy Group, Pepper Dem Ministries (PDM) has described as unacceptable all forms of violence and in particular, against women, the vulnerable by people in authority.

This was contained in a statement issued yesterday by the group in response to the viral video of an armed and uniformed police officer, Godzi Frederick Amanor, assaulting a nursing mother of the Midland Savings and Loans limited, Madam Patience Osafo.

In the statement, PDM unequivocally condemned the actions of the policeman involved and also the staff and bystanders at the financial institution whose actions and inactions propelled the assault.

The organisation called for a nationwide action in seeking justice for Patience Osafo.

According to the statement, PDM maintained that gender-based violence was rampant and appeared normalised in society.

The statement noted that based on DOVSU’s 2015 report, 27% per cent of women in Ghana reported having been victims of abuse, insults, threats, psychological, physical, and sexual assault.

“PDM will therefore like to draw connections with the issues and how it informs these crimes and also demanding the immediate attention of the bodies and agencies directly or indirectly linked to this case,” the statement said.

PDM made reference to the statements by the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Gender and the Ghana Police Service assuring citizens of the arrest of the offending officer and their commitment to pursuing the matter till justice is served.

The statement called on Midland Savings and Loans to take responsibility for the traumatic incident and work accordingly to compensate Madam Patience Osafo for the torture, humiliation, trauma and the abuse she and her child went through.

For her part, member and initiator of Dear Survivor, a blog that gives voice to people who have endured any form of sexual assault, Maame Akua Awereba said, any act of violence against women and children should be condemned.

 

Story: Mizpah ETORMENYE MENSAVIE-AYIVOR

Writer’s email: mizpah.mensavie-ayivor@todaygh.com

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