The Ghana Girl Guides Association (GGGA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), said it is appalled at the current rising incidence of social injustice meted out against women in the country.
“As an NGO that seeks to promote growth and leadership and empower girls and young women to enable them to become responsible citizens in the country, the protection of the rights of females is no exception in our course of standing up for women,” a statement issued by the group has said.
The statement raised concern about the recent missing baby saga at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi and described the incident as a distasteful act and one which portrays the ineffectiveness of institutions in the country and how the vulnerable in society, especially women, are being taken advantage of.
It also condemns outrightly the inhumane punishment meted out to the three women alleged to have shoplifted some items at the Accra Shopping Mall.
“The girls had absolutely no right to take things that did not belong to them. No one has the right to reap where they have not sown. However, it did not mean they had to be molested and subjected to such an emotional ordeal. They had their rights to a fair trial.”
“In the very recent past, there was the similar case of Amina who was stripped and molested when she allegedly stole laptops from one of the traditional halls of the University of Ghana, Legon,” the statement added.
According to the statement, even though the GGGA does not condone vices like stealing and condemns the disgraceful actions of the women at the mall, it strongly believes that no crime justifies that the criminal be treated in an inhumane manner, adding, “taking the law into our own hands to humiliate, molest and even kill culprits will not deter unscrupulous behaviours.”
To this end, the association advises girls and young ladies to desist from greed and be content with what they have and live within their modest means.
The association further calls on the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, as well as gender activists in the country to help fight for the social rights and protection of the vulnerable, especially women, in society.