This was a one year project, which commenced in October 2008. It sought to promote the rights of women and children using advocacy, community sensitization and legal literacy as vehicles to achieving its goals. The project was funded by KOHA/PICD and International Needs New Zealand. It was implemented in six (6) communities of the Akatsi and South Tongu Districts of the Volta Region namely Ative, Avega, Dzadzepe, Lume Ahungakope, Akalove and Nutekpor.
The project helped to raise awareness on women’s rights and child protection at the community level through community-wide educational programs on women’s rights and domestic violence. It also raised awareness on these issues in schools through children’s fora.
One hundred and twenty-five (125) traditional, social and religious leaders were trained in women’s rights and the laws that protect women and children in Ghana. Six (6) women’s rights advocacy committees were established with one in each project community. The committee members were trained in women’s rights advocacy, negotiation, women’s rights, domestic violence and child protection. They worked with community leadership to advocate the rights of vulnerable women in the communities. The project also trained fifty-two (52) women selected from the various project communities in the laws that protect and promote the rights of women and children in Ghana. These women were trained as Legal Literacy Volunteers who provided basic legal education at the community level and undertook referrals for victims and survivors of domestic violence. The Legal Literacy Volunteers were provided with a set of laws that protect the rights of women and children in Ghana. These included; the Wills Act, Intestate Succession Law, Marriage and Divorce Law, Children’s Act, Domestic Violence Act, Human Trafficking Act, Juvenile Justice Law, Criminal Code Amendment Law and the District Assemblies Act. The project provided emotional and trauma counseling for one hundred and twenty-eight (128) people in the six (6) communities.
An end line survey conducted when the project came to term revealed significant improvements in most of the baseline indicators. For instance, the percentage of men in the project communities who perceived that it was right to beat their wives dropped from 17% to an end line of 0%. opportunity to be useful citizens in the future.