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Ghana: Information on domestic violence, on adequacy of state protection, on whether any of the relevant legislation is being enforced, on whether any of the women's organizations actually are able to provide shelter and/or protection

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 June 1995
Citation / Document Symbol GHA20914.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ghana: Information on domestic violence, on adequacy of state protection, on whether any of the relevant legislation is being enforced, on whether any of the women's organizations actually are able to provide shelter and/or protection, 1 June 1995, GHA20914.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac042.html [accessed 23 July 2014]
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Specific information on domestic violence in Ghana is limited among the sources consulted by the DIRB. The attached articles provide general information on the subject, as well as a general indication of societal attitudes. Please also consult the section on women in the Ghana report of Country Reports 1994, pages 103-104, available at Regional Documentation Centres.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Attachments

Ghanaian Times [Accra]. 23 April 1993. Lys Hayfron Asare. "Violence Against Women Decried," p.1.

Inter Press Service (IPS). 12 March 1993. Edward Ameyibor. "Ghana: Raw Deal for Women." (NEXIS)

Kuenyehia, Akua. 1990. "In Ghana: Legal Aid Services for Women," Women, Law and Development-Action for Change. Edited by Margaret A. Schuler. Washington: OEF International, pp. 53-59.

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society [Chicago]. Summer 1994. Vol. 19, No. 4. Rosemary Ofeibea Ofei-Aboagye. "Altering the Strands of the Fabric: A Preliminary Look at Domestic Violence in Ghana," pp. 924-938.

West Africa [London]. 16 January 1994. Audrey Gadzekpo. "Equal Rights: How Women Have Fared." (DIRB Indexed Media Review [Ottawa], 11-17 January 1994, Vol. 7, No. 3.)

_____. 6 June 1993. "Women Blamed for Violence." (DIRB Country File)

Sources Consulted

Amnesty International Report. 1993-1994.

Freedom from Violence: Women's Strategies from Around the World. 1992

Human Rights Watch World Report. 1993-1995.

IWRAW to CEDAW Country Reports. 1993-1995.

Preliminary Report Submitted by the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, in Accordance with [United Nations] Commission on Human Rights Resolution 1994\45.

Women's Commission News. 1994.

Women's International Newtwork News. 1993-1994.

Women's Lives and Public Policy. 1993.

The Women's Watch. 1994.

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