Government Urged to Pay Medical Bills Of Victims Of Gender Based Violence

The Gender Inclusion and Influencing Specialist of Plan International Madam Lillian Bruce, has appealed to government to foot the medical bills of victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence expected by law as most of such victims do not have the means of paying their hospital bills after going through such acts.

Speaking during a stakeholders engagement Forum on Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Madam Lillian Bruce explained that, victims of sexual and gender-based violence are often challenged when it comes to footing the bills for their medical reports.

She added this challenges victims face in going medical bills in turn impedes on the quest for justice in the prosecution of perpetrators of Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

She further called on government to strengthen institutions like the Gender Ministry of Gender and Social Protection, DOVVSU and the Department of Social Welfare so that the justice systems are hastened to ensure the elimination of the social canker is successful.

Madam Lillian Bruce added that, Plan International has adopted some ways that well help in combatting Sexual and Gender Based Violence key among the method is aggressive awareness creation especially for young girls in schools.

On his part, Mr Roland Takyi, the Programmes Officer at the Guidance and Counselling Unit of the Ghana Education Service in an interview with Peace News said that, the Ghana Education Service had established some reporting mechanisms for students who are victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence and added that, teachers found guilty of such acts will be immediately sacked from the service.

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