The Ghanaian chapter of the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has condemned unequivocally the kidnapping of some girls in the Western Region.
The heartbreaking story of the kidnapping of the girls and the demand of a ransom has elicited strong condemnation from Ghanaians.
Being a body of women lawyers fighting for empowerment, FIDA have reacted in the strongest possible terms to the kidnapping and called for the government to intensify its efforts to find the ladies.
The statement from the body is signed by its Public Relations Officer, Ghanaian lawyer Sandra Ankobiah.
Read full statement below…
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN LAWYERS (FIDA-GHANA) STATEMENT ON KIDNAPPING OF GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN IN GHANA
The attention of FIDA-Ghana has been turned to the horrifying news of young women being kidnapped in Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region.
The abduction of these women is unacceptable; their capture and captivity is an offense to the conscience of the world; and the threat by their abductors to harm the ladies if their families do not pay the demanded ransom reflects the shocking absence of humanity and compassion. This despicable act must be condemned in the strongest terms possible.
FIDA-Ghana whole-heartedly supports the decision by government to deploy aid, personnel, resources, law enforcement and experts to partner with local authorities to find these girls and return them safely to their families. However, our authorities need not only to ensure a security response that enables them to bring those responsible to justice, but also to address the underlying causes of the insurgency. This is crucial to ensure unity, tolerance, and a future of peace and stability for all Ghanaians.
FIDA will continue its support for action against this threat, as well as offer solutions to ensure changes are made so this does not happen to anyone else in the future. We also call on the involved stakeholders to ensure that each girl, upon their return, receives individual attention – from medical treatment to psychosocial support.
Our thoughts and prayers rest with the mothers and fathers, siblings and loved ones, of each girl kidnapped and separated from her family. The attack on this community’s human rights is an affront to the human rights of all men and women across the country.
We must not rest until we have secured the release of these young women and brought them home safe and sound.