Boresah Royal Foundation has joined the rest of the world to run advocacy on violence against women.
The foundation with support from the Hon MP for Damongo Constituency Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor embarked on the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence” to declare Damongo and Savannah region a Violence free zone.
At the Jakpa Palace, the King and Leader of Gonja Kingdom, Yagbonwura Tutumba Bore Essa I, speaking through his Chief Linguist Alhaji Afuli Losina expressed gratitude to Nkilgiwurche Boresah Fantevie and the foundation for taking up the advocacy to help kick out violence against women. He said the palace will support the foundation in any form to help make sure women all over the Gonja state are not subjected to attacks.
Yagbonwura Tutumba Bore Essa I appealed to the public to desist from labelling and attacking old women as witches because old age is natural and must not be associated with witchcraft. From today, I, Yagbonwura Tutumba Bore Essa I the leader of the Gonja Kingdom, “declare Savannah region a violence free region”.
Speaking to padfm.com.gh the Executive Director for Boresah Royal Foundation, Nkilgiwurche, Queen Boresah Fantevie said her foundation’s activism against gender based violence is to help promote and protect womanhood and also sensitize the publics on the need to respect and accept women.
Recent statistics revealed that over 16,000 young girls in the Savannah region got pregnant, a situation she lamented and said it is not good enough for the Gonja state.
Nkilgiwurche Boresah added the Chiefs and people of the Savannah region would have been proud if these young girls had passed their BECE or WASSCE and urged all parents and guardians to devote much attention to the growth and development of the girl child. This will help reduce illiteracy, poverty and promote good living amongst us.
Queen Boresah explained that last year, the Savannah region was in the news for all the bad reasons because two (2) old women were accused of witchcraft and one attacked to death at Kafaba in the East Gonja municipality of the Savannah region. She said women are special beings and must be respected as such because being old woman doesn’t amount to witchcraft.
She called on all to support the advocacy to help protect and promote the welfare of women and urged parents to stop giving out their female children for early marriage because it retards development of the girl child.
She also appealed to husbands to stop beating their wives but rather report their acts to the appropriate authorities to resolve issues amicably.
The float which was joined by students of Damongo Agriculture College, KAMA girls and others saw them walked through the principal streets of Damongo, the capital of West Gonja municipality and Savannah region. The float ended at the Damongo lorry park after float members interacted with market women, fitting shops, youth bases among others to sensitize them on the need to protect and promote women rights in the area.
The float took place on Monday, December 13, 2021.
Source:padfm.com.gh / Abdulai Zulkaninu / 0242381890