Government Will Upgrade DOVVSU - President

President John Dramani Mahama on Monday gave the assurance that government would review the structures at the Domestic Violence and Victimís Support Unit (DOVSU) of the Ghana Police Service to empower them to work effectively. He said issues such as rape, defilement and violence against women were equally serious like murder, drugs and other criminal activities and therefore needed a serious approach to stem the growing phenomena. President Mahama gave this assurance when various women groups and organizations called on him at the Flagstaff House, Kanda. Their visit at the Presidency formed part of President Mahamaís resolve to engage all stakeholders to map out workable strategies for the socio-economic development of the country in the coming years. He has so far met the media, civil society organisations, members of the creative arts and would next week meet all vulnerable groups for the same purpose. The women groups led by Nana Oye Lithur, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, were made up of advocacy groups, empowerment groups, women in academia, market women, women in politics, Queen mothers and women leaders in the religious sector. They highlighted issues connected to education, training and employment, violence against women and children, discrimination against women and participation and representation in the political dispensation of the country. President Mahama said the growing social problems of the country needed multi-sectoral approach to surmount and called on all women organizations to step up their educational programmes to stop negative practices that were meted out to women. On women participation and representation in politics, President Mahama said much as government had worked hard to appoint more women to take up responsible positions in the country, their participation at the grassroots were abysmal as the figure kept dwindling on annual basis. He mentioned key positions such as the National Commission for Civic Education, Attorney General, Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Ghana Prisons Service and the Chairperson of the Council of State as some of the positions that were occupied by women and appealed to them to engage more discussions that would whip up their enthusiasm. The President reminded the Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister to create a database on employment, poverty and participation of women as that formed part of her mandate to highlight on pertinent issues in the country. Mrs Edna Kumah, Executive Director of African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA), who spoke on the security on women and girls, called for the relaying bills and Acts that were laid in Parliament but could not be passed to ensure perpetual protection for women and children who formed the majority of the vulnerable in society.