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Another serious one is that of FGM- Female genital mutilation and this has been going on for centuries, most especially among the women of Northern Ghana to take away libido and sexual rights.

Also, widowhood rites for widows in which they are made to undergo all sorts of rituals like drinking the bathing water of the dead body and sleeping with the corpse for days with the belief that it will help create safe passage of the dead spouse into the afterlife.

Schoolgirls who are unable to afford menstrual sanitary pads are forced to stay home from school to avoid being laughed at for soiling themselves.

This is one of the factors that discourages girl-child education and has led to many drop-outs.

According to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana police service indicated that, at least 17,655 cases were reported to them in 2014 of which a greater portion was perpetuated against women.

Non-maintenance topped the list with 6,158 cases while wife battery and assault followed with 5,212 cases. The Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mr John Alexander Ackon described the rate of gender-based violence as alarming.

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Injury, death and broken homes could all result from violence in the home.” ​Domestic violence could lead to loss of opportunity, isolation from family and friends, loss of income or work and homelessness.

There are several issues that girls and women in Ghana face today and all can be stemmed from ancient traditional practices in the country, religious influences since colonial times, power play, social pressures, etc.

Domestic violence has been one major problem in our society, and although it cuts across all genders, women are the most victimised.

Women who refuse it are blamed for the deaths, banished from their communities and face a lifetime of stigmatisation.

Sexually, women are not encouraged or expected to explore their sexuality.

Injury, death and broken homes could all result from violence in the home.” ​Domestic violence could lead to loss of opportunity, isolation from family and friends, loss of income or work and homelessness.

There are several issues that girls and women in Ghana face today and all can be stemmed from ancient traditional practices in the country, religious influences since colonial times, power play, social pressures, etc.

Domestic violence has been one major problem in our society, and although it cuts across all genders, women are the most victimised.

Women who refuse it are blamed for the deaths, banished from their communities and face a lifetime of stigmatisation.

Sexually, women are not encouraged or expected to explore their sexuality.

He said “according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), women are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, mental challenges, eating problems and sexual dysfunction as a result of violence”.