ACCRA– The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, has made a passionate appeal to the National House of Chiefs (NHC), the upper chamber of the Ghanaian Parliament, to help it abolish and eradicate some of the obnoxious socio-cultural practices in Ghanaian society.

The Minister, Otiko Afisah Djabah, says the Ministry needs the effective collaboration and support of the NHC to eradicate negative cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage, trokosi (a practice of ritual servitude practised in Ghana) and other outdated taboos in communities and traditional areas.

Addressing the NHC at its meeting in Kumasi, about 250 kilometres northwest of here, on Monday, Djabah also asked the House to help the Ministry roll out some of its policies such as the National Gender, Child and Family Welfare, Justice for Children and Social Protection initiatives, among others.

She said the Ministry’s wish was for the NHC to be an advocate for the protection and promotion of the rights of women, girls and boys, the vulnerable and the excluded in society. She noted that despite several policy interventions and regulations as well as awareness creation campaigns and women empowerment initiatives, women, girls and the vulnerable in Ghana continued to suffer from abuse, exploitation and discrimination.

The situation indicated that all was not well with women and children in communities, she said, adding that the Ministry recognized the important role the NHC plays in the development of communities and protection of women, children and the vulnerable.

It was therefore important for the Ministry to run to the House to seek its support to implement some of its initiatives to address challenges facing women in society.

Togbe Afede XIV, thanked the Ministry for recognizing the role of chiefs in the promotion of welfare of women and children in society and said the House would work to support the Ministry to address some of the challenges facing women and children in society.