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The Issues That Fuel Ghana's Ignored Rape Culture Spill Over Into Ghana's Gender-Based Violence & Femicide

The place that upside down made, homosexuality grips the countries attention while women & girls suffer

By IwriteMywrongsPublished 10 months ago 4 min read
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Monday, 17 July 2023

By: TB Obwoge

People often ask, how am I the president of a gender-equality and children's rights nonprofit and not only end up getting sexually assaulted in Ghana by a police officer but physically & verbally abused by an ex-lover.

Whelp it didn't happen as planned and these things also didn't happen quickly. When reporting the theft of my identity to a police officer, who had crossed my path before and was creepy. I had no idea I would end up living in the area of Accra, where he headed the entire police station.

Needless to say nothing was done about my identity theft by another Ghanian, also nothing was done about my sexual assault. Even after going directly to the office of IGP, Ghana's top cop to file my report.

Ghanian women and girls are unable to file police reports without having rape exams done at hospitals. When they arrive to the hospitals in the year of our Lord 2023, they're being ask for rape fees for the paper work and examination.

The government's constant claim that the rape fees have been removed is nonsense (rubbish), much like the law enforcement in Ghana. Like the 2016 skin bleaching product ban, which people can still purchase the items in Ghana. Skin bleaching which is the reason why racism persists in Ghana, where skin color is one of the major thoughts of most in Ghana.

A Ghanian man admitted to me, that he raped a woman some years back. He never used the term "rape" he did however describe how he grabbed her, pulled her into a room and had sex with her. She was walking down his road, he was also a married man with children.

In Ghana two young girls were raped by their own uncle and were asked for rape fees. Not only were they raped but both were pregnant by this same uncle as well.

Sadly you can go onto any social media platform where there is news reported about rape, defilement, older men impregnating girls (Girls Are Children), most likely you'll find Ghanians laughing. It is common practice to laugh at rape, Ghanaian's claim this laughing is innocent. What human finds children and women getting raped funny?

Ghanians, when asked why some laughed at a story of the sounds of a child either being physically abused or sexually abused some Ghanians laughed. This prompted me to create a survey, asking people how many of them would laugh about a story of sexual assault on a child.

Screenshot from REDDIT Post

With the rampant rape, rape culture and femicide in Ghana one would think perhaps this would take precedence over an anti-LGTBQI bill. No, it doesn't, even the culture of beating women hasn't garnished the attention of any of Ghana's leadership. Especially the ministry of gender and children.

Ghana will sit as Ghanians are murdered, raped and abused in order to draw as many tourists and investors into the country. Ghana has long held onto the top spot as the most peaceful country in Africa, despite rampant corruption and mistrust of police.

Police who have allowed themselves to become bribe collectors, instead of those tasked to protect and serve. Ghana is the quite country of lawlessness. Ghanians know it but none dare to write articles about it, even Ghana MP Sam George said that they average Ghanian is corrupted.

Screenshot from Twitter

Ghanians started a petition addressing the rape culture back in 2020, where 15,000 thousand signatures were asked. However only a little over 11,000 people have signed the now dormant petition. Reminder this was to stop rape culture in basic education schools, how sad is that?

Eliminate rape culture in Ghanaian basic schools.

Politicians who claim homosexuality is disgusting, don't seem to feel the same way about rape of children and women. It's almost like family values has nothing to do with, actual families.

Ghana has now exploded into a culture of femicide as women and even high school aged girls are murdered by their husbands and lovers. The culture of beating your woman, has now become kill her.

Women have been killed almost daily in Ghana, accused of cheating, one woman filed for divorce and died for her actions, her father was also cut with the same machete that killed her.

The murders Ghanian men commit, have even spilled over into the United States where some men have lived with their wives.

Ghanians took to social media, proclaiming the rise in femicide was because the news outlets keep reporting the news.

Instead of blaming men perhaps, the ones who were committing the murders, or their own culture of allowing women to be abused by their men. Allowing children to grow up learning that hitting is the answer to everything. As students are still being caned in school.

Screenshot from Twitter

Screenshot from Twitter

from Lacey's House Africa

There are article about Ghana's rape culture that go back to 2002, there is much talk, with no action. Ghana's minister of gender has even refused to speak out on the recent acts of femicide in Ghana. She's only spoken recently to tell Ghanians to stop feeding children living on the streets, she's even claimed that most of these 100,000 children aren't Ghana's children.

Some Ghanians have taken to social media and written article to go as low as to blame the murdered Ghanian women, for their own damn murders.

from Lacey's House Africa on TikTok

From Lacey' House Africa on TikTok

Thank you for reading 🙏🏽 Please consider buying a coffee for Lacey's House efforts in Gender Equality & Children's Rights as it tries to move international.

©️TB Obwoge 2023 All Rights Reserved

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About the Creator


I'm the president of a nonprofit. I've lived in 3 countries, I love to travel, take photos and help children and women around the world! One day I pray an end to Child Marriages, Rape and a start to equal Education for ALL children 🙏🏽

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