Australia supports construction of safe house for female survivors of violence in Accra
Accra, 10 January 2019- The Australian High Commission Ghana has presented a donation of GH¢ 197,366.95 to charity, The Pearl Safe Haven, in support of a safe house for female survivors of gender-based violence in Accra.
The Australian High Commissioner, H.E Mr Andrew Barnes, presented the cheque to Director of The Pearl Safe Haven, Ms Isobel Acquah at a brief ceremony at the Residence in Accra. The funds will support The Pearl Safe Haven to provide a temporary accommodation facility and some skills training to make the survivors economically independent.
The funds were raised from sponsors and patrons at the High Commission’s 2018 Melbourne Cup Charity Gala.
The High Commissioner H.E Mr Andrew Barnes noted that ending violence against women and children was apriority of the Australian Government both domestically and abroad, and urged the media to use their platforms to educate and create awareness about responsibilities of men to show leadership on preventing violence in their communities.
In response, Ms Isobel Acquah thanked the Australiana High Commission and said The Pearl Safe Haven would work with the Domestic Violence Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), of the Ghana Police Service to ensure the project was a success.
The current support system for survivors of gender-based violence in Ghana is inadequate and underfunded. With limited operational safe houses in Accra and very limited options outside the capital, survivors are compelled to remain in abusive situations. This worsens their already damaged physical, emotional and health conditions.
The High Commission is pleased to support this worthy cause, in line with Australia’s role as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The High Commission is grateful to our generous sponsors who made this possible.
For more information, please contact: Mercy Catherine Adjabeng, Public Affairs & Research Officer, Australian High Commission; firstname.lastname@example.org