UNITY and ADVOCACY QUEENS Ghana condemns the KAFABA and KATO incidents and demands justice for Grandma Akua Denteh, Nana KatoHemaa and all other such victims of Domestic and Gender-based Violence.
Just a few weeks ago, Ghana was up on its feet condemning the George Floyd killing in the United States of America. We were all emotionally traumatized and shouted… BLACK LIVES MATTER. We have two equally traumatizing experiences in our country.
We, Nananom representing the entire membership of UNITY and ADVOCACY QUEENS across our beloved country Ghana, wish to state categorically that; the lynching and eventual killing of Grandma Akua Denteh, a 90-Year-old woman from KAFABA is gruesome and unacceptable and we condemn it in no uncertain terms.
We also condemn the barbaric act by the so-called fetish priestess and call for a tough punishment for her, the other accomplices and perpetrators, directly or indirectly involved in such a heinous acts.
As community and cultural leaders, mothers and advocates, we have toured a good number of towns and villages in Ghana advocating on various issues such as Child Protection, Ending Child Marriage/FGM, Child Abuse, Mother/Infant Mortality, NewbornCare, Drug Abuse, Exclusive Breastfeeding, Teenage Pregnancy, Family Planning, HIV/AIDS, Widowhood rights, Domestic Violence.
We consider the horrifying and coldhearted incident in KAFABA as unacceptable. There is no way anybody can prove who is a Witch and subsequently sentence her to public flogging leading to her untimely death.
Not too long ago a similar incidence involving our mother and Sister Nana Afia Siraa Ababio III, the Queenmother of Berekum Kato and the Wrempemhemaa of Berekum Traditional Area in the Bono region.
Her life was threatened, she was stripped naked in her palace, disgraced and pushed on the streets of Kato for no apparent reason. She was subjected to this because there was a chieftaincy dispute.
We are angry!! …
1. We demand Justice for Grandma Akua Denteh
2. We demand justice for Nana KatoHemaa
3. We demand tough punishment for their perpetrators and those who have been put through unjustifiable acts of violence, emotional trauma and physical abuse.
4. Finally, we demand appropriate compensations thereof
We request that government take measures to make policies to punish culprits to serve as a deterrent for such acts.
We will continue to do our bit, to Educate our society, Encourage our children and youth, Empower our women and Partner our men to develop our communities, for the good of our country Ghana, Africa and the world at Large.
It is our hope that YOU will do the same too.
Signed: OBAAPA NanaHemaa Adjoa Awindor, Convenor & Executive Director of OBAAPA Development Foundation
on behalf of UNITY Queens & ADVOCACY Queens Ghana.
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