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Abolish Harmful Cultural Practices, Josephine Oppong-Yeboah Urges Traditional Leaders

by Motoni Olodun

Accra, Ghana – Josephine Oppong-Yeboah, a leading advocate for women’s rights, is calling on traditional leaders in Ghana to take decisive action in abolishing harmful cultural practices. With a focus on gender equality and social justice, Oppong-Yeboah’s plea underscores the importance of ending customs that perpetuate discrimination and harm against women and girls.

In a recent address, Oppong-Yeboah highlighted the detrimental impact of certain traditional norms and rituals, citing examples such as female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriages, and widowhood rites. These practices not only violate human rights but also impede progress towards gender equality and inclusive development.

Ghana has made strides in advancing women’s rights and gender equality, but deep-rooted cultural beliefs and practices continue to pose significant challenges. Traditional leaders play a pivotal role in shaping societal norms and attitudes, making their support crucial in efforts to eradicate harmful practices and promote gender equity.

Oppong-Yeboah’s appeal comes at a critical juncture, as Ghana seeks to build a more inclusive and equitable society. By working collaboratively with traditional leaders, policymakers, and civil society organizations, meaningful progress can be achieved in challenging harmful norms and fostering a culture of respect and dignity for all.

In response to Oppong-Yeboah’s call to action, traditional leaders are urged to engage in dialogue and advocacy aimed at raising awareness about the negative consequences of harmful practices. Empowering women and girls, promoting education, and enforcing laws that protect their rights are essential steps in driving sustainable change and promoting social justice.

As Ghana charts a course towards a more equitable future, the voices of advocates like Josephine Oppong-Yeboah serve as catalysts for positive transformation. Through collective action and unwavering commitment, the nation can overcome cultural barriers and realize its vision of a society where every individual, regardless of gender, can thrive and fulfill their potential.

Source: Graphic Online

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