The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has pledged to ensure survivors of gender violence, especially rape survivors are able to access free healthcare services, should the party wins this year’s December polls.
Currently, rape victims pay for medical examinations, a situation some people believe has made it difficult for many rape victims to report to the police.
Under the gender section of the NDC’s 2020 manifesto titled: “People’s Manifesto: Jobs, Prosperity and more,” which was launched on Monday evening, September 7, 2020, in Accra, the party has promised to promulgate an anti-sexual harassment law.
The party also intends to support and empower vulnerable women and victims of socio-cultural practices, including inmates of the witch camps in the North of Ghana by promoting public education against lynching and accusation of elderly women as witches.
The party similarly promises to collaborate with the traditional authorities and communities to close down the witch camps.
The 2020 manifesto of the NDC also pledges to work towards the attainment of a minimum 30 per cent quota of appointments for women and also facilitate easier access to land for women for their maximum participation in agriculture.
The NDC in its next government wants to pursue objective policies aimed at achieving gender parity in education at all levels, establish a Community Female Mentorship Programme and an agency for the protection of Street Children under the Department of Social Welfare.