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HRRG Executive Director Devastated by Alleged Child Marriage Involving 63-Year-Old Priest and 12-Year-Old Girl

Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), Joseph Kobla Wemakor was left in disbelief and outrage after a video surfaced online showing a 63-year-old priest marrying a 12-year-old girl in what seemed to be a ceremonial event.

Wemakor expressed his shock during an interview on the Good Afternoon Ghana Show on Metro TV on Wednesday April 3, 2024.

Upon viewing the viral video, Wemakor and his organization promptly condemned the alleged marriage scandal, highlighting the disturbing nature of the footage where the MC was heard urging the young girl to fulfill her marital duties to her much older husband.

The significant age gap and the concerning content of the video prompted activists like Wemakor to call for immediate intervention by the authorities.

During the interview, Wemakor stressed the importance of annulling the marriage and holding all involved parties accountable. He emphasized the urgency of conducting thorough investigations into the circumstances surrounding the relationship.

These sentiments were echoed in a press release issued by HRRG on April 2, 2024, condemning the exploitation of the young girl under the guise of tradition.

In response to public outcry, the Office of Gborbu Wulomo organized a press briefing to provide clarity on the ceremonial proceedings. Rev. Dr. Daniel Nii Gyasi Ankrah disclosed that the girl, Naa Okromo, was destined to fulfill a sacred role as the future occupant of the revered stool of Naa Yoomo Ayemuede, a position deeply entrenched in tradition and lineage.

Wemakor continued to advocate for justice and transparency, emphasizing the crucial need for a comprehensive understanding of the rituals and customs associated with such practices to prevent misinformation and safeguard vulnerable individuals.

On the show, Hon. Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye, an indigene of the Ga-dangbe land and a panelist clarified that the girl was not being married to Gborbu Wulomo but rather to the Gborbu deity, underscoring the significance of comprehending the cultural context and traditions of the Ga-Dangbe community.

The unfolding events sparked a national debate on the interpretation of cultural norms and the protection of children's rights in Ghana.

Source:Joshua Adjei

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HRRG CEO Joseph Wemakor makes his third appearance on Metro TV to tackle human rights issues

Renowned human rights advocate and influential journalist, Joseph Kobla Wemakor, is slated to make his third appearance on the popular Metro TV “Morning Rush" show, where he will shine a spotlight on critical human rights issues affecting Ghanaians this time around, with a focus on Ghana's ongoing toilet crisis.


Wemakor, known for his passionate advocacy on social justice issues, will utilize this platform to draw attention to the pressing challenges faced by many in the country due to inadequate access to proper sanitation facilities.


The upcoming appearance on the show is expected to provide a crucial opportunity for Wemakor to address the far-reaching implications of the toilet crisis in Ghana.


With a focus on the fundamental right to clean and safe sanitation, Wemakor aims to underscore the impact of this crisis on public health, particularly in the context of the ongoing global pandemic.


His advocacy will also emphasize the disproportionate burden placed on women and girls, who often bear the brunt of the lack of adequate toilet facilities.


Ghana, like many developing nations, continues to grapple with systemic issues related to sanitation and access to clean water.

Wemakor's unwavering dedication to human rights causes has positioned him as a leading voice in advocating for the rights of those affected by these disparities.

His upcoming appearance on the "Metro TV Morning Rush" show is expected to serve as a catalyst for raising awareness and stimulating meaningful dialogue around crucial human rights issues impacting Ghanaians particularly this critical issue.

To enrich the conversation and make it more enlightening, inspiring, and educative, Wemakor is expected to be joined on the same panel by Ing. George Asiedu, Coordinator of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project (SWP).

Source: Elizabeth Bombande


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CEO of Reroy Cables Ghana Ltd. honored by President Akufo-Addo with prestigious award




The President of the Republic of Ghana, H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has honored Dr. Mrs. Kate Quartey – Papafio, Chief Executive Officer of Reroy Cables Ghana Limited, for demonstrating excellence in leadership, business, and entrepreneurship; supporting youth development; and championing and advancing gender empowerment and diversity in Africa.


Dr. Mrs. Kate Quartey- Papafio, was presented with the Legacy and GADIA State Award 2023 at a colorful event that was well attended by top CEOs and high-profile personalities at the Office of the President last Friday, December 15, 2023.


Dr. Mrs. Kate Quartey-Papafio is a remarkable businesswoman who has made a mark in the cable manufacturing business in Ghana and the entire African Sub-region.


She has transcended societal boundaries and captured a dream meant for men. She started Reroy Cables about 27 years ago as a distribution company.


Over the years, her unrelenting spirit, hard work, and tenacity catapulted her into the manufacturing business of high-quality cables and conductors for domestic and industrial use.


Reroy Cables further gave birth to the other four engineering entities, i.e., Reroy Power; Reroy Metal; Reroy Energy, and Reroy Infrastructure, and all these operate under the patronage of Reroy Group. Kate’s company has created job opportunities and training and has contributed immensely to the socio-economic capital of Sub-Saharan Africa.



The Reroy Story (www.reroycable.com)


She founded the Ghanaian cable manufacturing giant Reroy Cables Ltd. in 1992 to distribute high-quality electrical cables, and as of today, Reroy Cables represents the repositioning of one of the iconic brand names in Ghana’s cable manufacturing and Aluminum application industries, which goes beyond its basic power cable business to deliver a complete power solution.


As a major player in the production and distribution of power cables and conductors, the provision of electrical power distribution systems, and strategic contract services to the electricity sector, its business is also linked to electricity distribution and transmission.


Reroy has expanded its manufacturing capabilities in Ghana to optimize its global business portfolio and is exploring further geographic deployments and business ventures across the Sub region. Over the last two decades, she has led Reroy to build a brand that has now become synonymous with our core values of excellence, integrity, and continuous improvement.


In view of the increasing complexity and dynamic nature of current challenges facing many of the world's economies, she has led Reroy to focus part of their investments on the development of specialized human resources and a technological base.


Today, Reroy can confidently boast of a client-focused approach underpinned by responsiveness and keen attention to detail as the hallmarks of her service.


For her enormous efforts, she has received many awards, both home and abroad, for her significant contribution towards the growth of Africa’s power sector. Kate’s unique leadership style has earned her representation at these highly prestigious institutions:



· Commissioner on Women and Children

· Commonwealth Business Council

· European Business

· Lionesses of Africa

· Ghana Chamber of Commerce

· Association of Ghana Industries

· Ghana Real Estate Developers Association

· Ghana Electrical Dealers Association

· Fellow at the Ghana Institution of Engineers

· Hall of Fame member Ghana Entrepreneurs Foundation

Reroy has qualified professionals who are very diligent, hardworking, and competent at what they do.



The workforce has a mixture of Nationals and Expatriates who ensure they deliver quality with high levels of efficiency.


The team has contributed significantly to the country’s power by helping in the expansion of electricity access to most of the rural communities in Ghana by producing high-quality electrical cables and conductors using the purest raw materials from very reputable suppliers.


Reroy has significantly contributed to the expansion of electricity in the Rural areas of Ghana under the Self-Help Electrification Project (SHEP), and the company is currently supporting the country’s Power Utility Sector by producing high-quality cables and conductors to ensure the utility providers distribute uninterrupted power to every single area in the country that is connected to the National Grid.

ONGOING PROJECTS


Currently, she has employed a group of young ladies who have pursued careers in engineering to complement the sets of male engineers working at Reroy Cables. This passion was fuelled by her appointment as a Private Sector representative on the Sustainable Development Goals Advisory Group, mandated to ensure Ghana achieve Goal 5 (Gender Equality) and Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities).


AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS


On October 18, 2014, she was crowned the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Marketing Woman of the Year 2013 and, on December 12, 2014, adjudged the winner in the Entrepreneurship category at the maiden edition of the Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Award.


Reroy Cables Limited was adjudged the Manufacturing Company of the Year 2014 at the National Marketing Awards organized by the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana. Other achievements include the Ernst & Young West Africa Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2013; Africa’s most influential Women in business & government Awards 2013; CEO Communications Limited, South Africa; and the 3rd Ghana-Africa Business Awards, 2008.


Kate was a panel member at the 2015 Global African Investment Summit in the UK.


The European Business Assembly recently adjudged her the Best Manager. At the same ceremony, her company, Reroy Cables Ltd., was named the Best Enterprise.


Congratulations to Dr. Mrs. Kate Quartey-Papafio; we are proud of her.


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Human Rights Reporters Ghana sensitizes Kiddy’s Garden School of UPCO on Human Rights Day 2023


On Human Rights Day 2023, a significant educational outreach unfolded as Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), a prominent non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights, conducted a sensitization program at Kiddy's Garden School of UPCO.

The event, part of HRRG's mandate to educate the youth on their rights and responsibilities, aimed to instill in students an understanding of human rights concepts and the importance of upholding these rights in their daily lives.

The program, carefully curated to correspond with the global theme of Human Rights Day, offered an array of activities designed to engage students and staff in meaningful dialogue about the significance of human rights.

The HRRG team led by its executive director, Mr. Joseph Kobla Wemakor, equipped with educational materials and expertise, provided age-appropriate presentations that covered a range of topics from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Sustainable Development Goals to practical ways children can be human rights advocates within their communities.

Participants were introduced to the history and relevance of Human Rights Day, which is celebrated annually on December 10th to commemorate the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

The declaration, a milestone document in human rights history, sets forth fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

The interactive sessions facilitated by HRRG at Kiddy's Garden School of UPCO highlighted how human rights are intertwined with the daily lives of students.

Specifically, the emphasis was on the rights to education, freedom of expression, and protection from discrimination - all pertinent to the school environment.

By doing so, HRRG inspired a young audience to recognize their role in nurturing a culture of respect and equality both within the school setting and in the broader society.

Moreover, the program offered an invaluable opportunity for students to learn about instances where human rights can be compromised and how to respond to such situations.

It also prompted discussions on the responsibilities that accompany these rights, thus fostering a sense of citizenship and accountability among the young participants.

Beyond students, the sensitization effort extended to educators and staff at Kiddy's Garden School of UPCO.


HRRG conveyed the importance of a rights-based approach to teaching and administration within educational institutions.


Teachers were encouraged to incorporate human rights education into their curricula, ensuring that the promotion of human dignity and respect becomes a cornerstone of learning.

As Human Rights Day 2023 concluded, the impact of the sensitization effort by Human Rights Reporters Ghana at Kiddy's Garden School of UPCO was apparent.


The over 600 participants emerged more informed about their rights and empowered to act as agents of change in advocating for human rights.

In conclusion, the collaboration between HRRG and Kiddy's Garden School of UPCO on Human Rights Day 2023 has undoubtedly strengthened the foundation for human rights education among the youth.

By educating the future custodians of society about their rights, responsibilities, and the significance of human rights observance, HRRG has contributed to the cultivation of a generation that is more just, empathetic, and aware of the imperative to uphold the dignity of all individuals.

Source: Elizabeth Bombande

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Video: Joseph Wemakor on fight against galamsey and Aisha Huang's verdict on GBC’s Reporters Round Table show

In a recent episode of GBC’s Reporters Round Table Show, Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana, Joseph Kobla Wemakor, offered an in-depth analysis of the fight against illegal mining in Ghana, known locally as "galamsey," and the verdict related to Aisha Huang, a notorious figure associated with these illegal activities.


The discussion highlighted the complexities and the government’s stance on combating this environmental menace.


Illegal mining poses a significant threat to the environment and economy of Ghana.


The activities associated with galamsey have been responsible for the destruction of water bodies, the decimation of forest reserves, and the pollution of the ecosystem.

The socioeconomic implications are vast, as these illicit operations have hindered sustainable development and adversely affected local livelihoods.


The case of Aisha Huang represents a focal point of the galamsey conversation due to her notoriety as a Chinese national deeply involved in illegal mining operations in Ghana.


Known colloquially as the "Galamsey Queen," Huang's activities have been under the microscope as the Ghanaian government seeks to assert its position against foreign nationals flouting local laws and engaging in environmental degradation.


Wemakor’s contribution to the discussion on GBC’s platform dissected the progression of Aisha Huang’s case, from her initial arrest and deportation in 2018 to her re-arrest in 2022 after she reportedly sneaked back into the country.


Wemakor underscored the challenges faced by the judiciary and immigration systems in ensuring that such high-profile cases are addressed with the full weight of the law.


The verdict on Aisha Huang sends a message across various fronts. Internally, it is a reassurance to the Ghanaian populace that the government is committed to safeguarding their natural resources and enforcing law and order.


But Wemakor thinks otherwise. He argues that the four and a half year’s jail term Aisha was slapped with by the Accra High Court is not enough in commensurate to the gravity of her offense, as well as to serve as a deterrent to other foreigners and Ghanaians from engaging in illegal mining in the country.


The HRRG boss emphasized the importance of collaboration between government agencies, regulatory bodies, and the local communities in the fight against galamsey.


He pointed out that while law enforcement and legal actions are critical, the battle against illegal mining also depends on sustainable and inclusive alternatives for individuals who depend on these activities for their livelihood.


In conclusion, Wemakor’s analysis on GBC’s Reporters Round Table Show provided a comprehensive perspective on the current state of the combat against galamsey and underscored the importance of upholding the rule of law when dealing with perpetrators, regardless of their nationality or social status.


The overarching sentiment from the discussion was that maintaining environmental integrity and promoting legal mining practices should remain top priorities for Ghana’s government and citizens alike.


The commitment to fighting illegal mining, as evidenced by the discourse around Aisha Huang’s case, must translate into continuous action and strengthened policies to achieve the goal of eradicating galamsey in Ghana.

Watch video on the discussion here:


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Deep reflections of human rights status in Ghana on Human Rights Day 2023

Do fundamental human rights exist in Ghana? This article reviews the human rights status in the Republic of Ghana, giving details on the nation's commitment to upholding these fundamental principles as well as some existing violations that persist in the country.


Human rights are fundamental rights that all persons have, regardless of their citizenship, location of residence, sex, ethnicity, race, color, religion, language, or any other status.


Commonly referred to as inalienable fundamental rights, a person is intrinsically entitled to them merely by virtue of being a human being.


Human rights are as old as human civilization; however, their application and importance have been clearly defined in recent years.


It gained increased significance, especially following the adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 1948, after the Second World War.


Ghana, a West African nation with a rich cultural heritage and a history of political stability, has made significant strides in promoting and protecting human rights.


The independence movement led by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who became Ghana's first Prime Minister and later first president, marked a significant milestone in the decolonization of Africa and inspired other nations on the continent to seek self-determination and freedom from colonial powers.


Ghana's commitment to human rights is evident in its legal framework, with the 1992 Constitution serving as the supreme law.

The constitution guarantees a range of fundamental human rights, including the right to life, dignity, and equality before the law.


Additionally, Ghana is a party to various international conventions, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), demonstrating its dedication to global human rights standards.


As the world comes together to celebrate World Human Rights Day 2023, it is imperative to shine a spotlight on the human rights challenges faced by the nation of Ghana.


While Ghana has made significant strides in various domains, a critical examination reveals persistent human rights issues that demand our collective attention and action.


Over the years, Ghana has made some significant achievements regarding issues of human rights. Some of which include:

Political Stability and Democratic Governance: Ghana has a commendable record of democratic governance, with peaceful transitions of power through transparent elections.


This political stability contributes to the protection of civil and political rights, fostering an environment where citizens can freely express their views and participate in the decision-making process.


Also, access to Education and Healthcare: The government has made progress in ensuring access to education and healthcare, essential components of economic, social, and cultural rights.


Efforts to improve literacy rates and provide healthcare services contribute to the overall well-being of Ghanaians, aligning with international human rights principles.


Moreover, Ghana has taken steps to address gender inequality with legislative measures and policies aimed at promoting women's rights.


While challenges persist, such as gender-based violence and traditional norms, the government's commitment to initiatives like the Affirmative Action Bill demonstrates a proactive approach to advancing gender equality.


However, there have been some setbacks in the fight for human rights, despite the achievements made in promoting human rights in the country.


Freedom of expression, a fundamental human right and a cornerstone of any democracy, is facing threats in Ghana.


Journalists and activists have encountered censorship, harassment, and restrictions, hindering their ability to express dissent and investigate matters of public interest.


On this year’s Human Rights Day, which is being celebrated with the theme: “Freedom, Equality, and Justice for All," it is crucial to recognize the importance of a free press and advocate for an environment where individuals can freely express their opinions without fear of reprisal.


Secondly, instances of police brutality and the excessive use of force have raised concerns about citizens' safety and their rights to live free from arbitrary violence.


World Human Rights Day serves as a poignant reminder to address systemic issues within law enforcement agencies, promoting accountability, transparency, and the protection of citizens' rights.


Comprehensive police reform is essential to ensuring that law enforcement agencies serve and protect the communities they are entrusted to serve.


Moreover, discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, and other factors persists in Ghana, impeding the realization of a truly inclusive society.


As we celebrate this year’s Human Rights Day, let us commit to dismantling discriminatory practices and promoting equal opportunities for all.


Empowering marginalized communities and fostering diversity will contribute to a more just and harmonious nation.


Also, child labour remains a pervasive issue in sectors such as agriculture and mining, depriving children of their right to education and a proper childhood.


Human Rights Day is an opportune moment to renew our commitment to eradicating child labour through comprehensive policies and robust enforcement.


Protecting the rights of children ensures a brighter and more equitable future for Ghana. Furthermore, limited access to quality education, especially in rural areas, perpetuates cycles of poverty and inequality.


As we mark Human Rights Day 2023, let us prioritize initiatives that ensure every child has the opportunity to receive a quality education.


Education is not only a fundamental right but also a powerful tool for breaking the chains of poverty and building a more just society.

Again, while Ghana has made progress in healthcare, disparities persist, particularly in rural areas. Human Rights Day 2023 calls for a renewed commitment to ensuring universal access to quality healthcare.


By addressing healthcare inequalities, we can safeguard the right to health for all citizens and promote a healthier, more resilient nation.


Additionally, issues related to land rights, often linked to large-scale development projects, have led to the forced displacement of communities.


On this year’s Human Rights Day, let us advocate for policies that protect the rights of individuals and communities to their land. Striking a balance between development and human rights is essential for fostering sustainable growth that benefits all citizens.



Finally, bribery and corruption undermine the rule of law and hamper the effective enjoyment of human rights.


As we mark this year's International Human Rights Day, efforts to strengthen institutions and promote transparency are essential to addressing issues of bribery and corruption.


Although governments are responsible for maintaining peace, security, and human protection, civil society organizations (CSOs) have also contributed to the immense fight for human rights in Ghana as a way of supporting governments in maintaining peace and security.


Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are groups or associations that operate independently of government or for-profit businesses.

In the fight for human rights, CSOs provide crucial research to assist governments in comprehending and addressing issues and requirements locally.


Among other human rights advocacy groups vigorously championing issues of human rights in Ghana, the Human Rights Reporters Ghana-NGO (HRRG), a dynamic rights organization globally recognized for its immense advocacy for human rights in Ghana and beyond, stood high in its pursuit in the fight for human rights.


World Human Rights Day serves as a powerful reminder that the pursuit of human rights is a collective responsibility.

This year’s Human Rights Day provides a momentous occasion for people worldwide to reflect on the state of human rights.


Ghana, known for its history as the first African country to gain independence in 1957, prides itself on its efforts to champion human rights. However, serious reflection is warranted on the progress and ongoing challenges the nation faces in this critical arena.


Ghana has ratified numerous international human rights treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).


The country's 1992 constitution also incorporates comprehensive bills of rights that cover everything from the right to life and freedom of expression to social and cultural rights.


Despite structural efforts, challenges persist.

The U.S. Department of State's 2022 Human Rights Reports highlighted concerns about unlawful or arbitrary killings by the government or its agents, harsh and life-threatening prison conditions, and significant problems with the independence of the judiciary.


There are also reports of societal violence, especially toward women, and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.


Freedom of expression, a cornerstone of democratic societies, has come under threat.


Journalists in Ghana face various forms of intimidation and violence, and in 2023, concerns have skyrocketed regarding the safety of investigative journalists.


The notable impunity surrounding crimes against journalists continues to restrict press freedom and suggests a need for enhanced enforcement of protections.


On the economic front, Ghana's informal sector, which accommodates a majority of the workforce, faces ongoing challenges, with limited access to social protections and labour rights.

Child trafficking and labour also remain pressing issues, particularly in the agricultural and mining sectors and in fishing communities.


On a brighter note, Ghana has taken strides in some areas.

The country's collaborative efforts with international partners have led to initiatives to reduce child labour and promote the rights of the disabled.


Increased public discourse on LGBTQ+ rights, despite the societal stigma, marks a shift towards recognition of the need for inclusivity and equality, although this debate remains highly contentious.


Women's rights have seen improvements, with initiatives aimed at increasing female leadership and political participation.

The Representation of the People's Amendment Law (ROPAL), aiming to empower more women in politics, and the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill into law are steps in the right direction.

The Affirmative Action Bill is a proposed piece of legislation that seeks to provide gender parity in Ghanaian politics. The bill aims to increase women's participation in decision-making positions by proposing that at least 40% of public offices be reserved for women.


On International Human Rights Day, Ghana finds itself at a crossroads.


The commitment to human rights ideals is evident, but the road to realizing these rights for all citizens is fraught with obstacles.

Continued vigilance, advocacy, and reform by government bodies, civil society, and the international community remain crucial in addressing human rights deficits and ensuring that Ghana's constitutional promises translate into tangible results for every Ghanaian.


As we pause to reflect on this day, it is imperative that these issues not only be acknowledged but actively addressed.

Moving forward, Ghana must strengthen its institutional frameworks, enforce existing laws, and, importantly, ensure the protection of human rights defenders.


International Human Rights Day serves not only as a day of reflection but also as a call to action—a reminder of the collective responsibility to uphold and champion the dignity and rights inherent to all.


As we mark this year’s World Human Rights Day, HRRG wishes to call on the government and all stakeholders to collaborate and eradicate human rights violations persisting in the country.

With its zeal for promoting the fundamental rights of the people of Ghana and beyond, HRRG is ready and willing to collaborate among stakeholders and governments towards the fight for human rights.


In conclusion, through collaborative efforts, Ghana can serve as an inspiring example of a society that cherishes the dignity and rights of its people.


As we celebrate this year’s Human Rights Day, let us stand together for a more just and brighter future for all.


By Joseph Kobla Wemakor


The writer is a staunch human rights activist, National SDGs Champion, and Founder/Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG).



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HRRG calls for renewed action to end human rights violations in commemoration of Human Rights Day 2023.





In commemoration of Human Rights Day 2023, Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), a dynamic media and human rights advocacy group, emphasizes the urgent need for all and sundry to vigorously aid in promoting this year’s celebration theme: “Freedom, Equality, and Justice for All," not only in words but in concrete actions and truth.


The celebration of World Human Rights Day 2023 serves as a critical moment to address pressing human rights challenges faced by our nation.


First of all, Ghana faces growing threats to freedom of expression as journalists and activists encounter censorship, harassment, and restrictions.


Secondly, instances of police brutality and excessive use of force raise concerns about citizens' safety and their right to live free from arbitrary violence.


Comprehensive police reform is essential to ensure accountability, transparency, and the protection of citizens' rights.


Moreover, discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, and other factors persists, hindering the realization of a truly inclusive society.


In addition, child labor remains a pervasive issue, depriving children of their right to education and a proper childhood.



We therefore call for a renewed commitment to eradicating child labor through comprehensive policies and robust enforcement.


Additionally, we emphasize the importance of prioritizing initiatives that ensure every child has the opportunity to receive a quality education, breaking the cycles of poverty and inequality.


Finally, disparities in healthcare persist, particularly in rural areas.


On World Human Rights Day 2023, we are equally calling for concerted efforts and a commitment to ensuring universal access to quality healthcare.


By addressing healthcare inequalities, we can safeguard the right to health for all citizens and promote a healthier, more resilient nation.


These and many other issues of human rights violations still persist in the country and must be holistically addressed.


In conclusion, Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) calls for the safeguarding of these fundamental rights, which are essential for a thriving democracy.


We urge the government and stakeholders to foster an environment where individuals can express dissent and investigate matters of public interest without fear of reprisal.


We further called on the government, civil society, and all stakeholders to take concrete actions towards promoting Freedom, Equality, and Justice for All. Together, we can build a nation where human rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled.





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Joseph Wemakor recognized for his commitment to gender equality


In a significant acknowledgment of his tireless advocacy for gender parity, Joseph Wemakor was awarded a citation of honor by I BELIEVE GLOBAL, an international organization known for its dedication to fostering equality and empowering women.


This honor reflects Wemakor's unwavering commitment to promoting gender equality and the substantial impact of his grassroots efforts that align closely with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 5, which targets gender equality.

Joseph Wemakor, a revered gender activist and human rights advocate, has long been recognized for his active participation in various initiatives aimed at challenging gender stereotypes and advocating for the rights of women and girls in society.

His work often involves collaborations with both local and international organizations dedicated to advancing gender equality and providing support for policies that aim to close the gender gap.


The ceremony, attended by gender advocates, civil society organizations, and representatives from the international community, provided a platform not only to celebrate Wemakor's contributions but also to reinforce the collective commitment to advancing gender equality.


The Citation of Honor bestowed upon Wemakor underscores his significant role as a catalyst for change in gender-related issues.


Wemakor's approach to gender advocacy involves a multilateral strategy that encompasses education, community engagement, and the push for policy reforms.


He has been instrumental in organizing workshops, seminars, and campaigns geared towards raising awareness and generating discourse on gender-based violence, discrimination, and the importance of women's leadership and political participation.

Furthermore, his efforts are fortified by his aptitude for utilizing the media as a force for change.

By writing articles, engaging in public speaking, and conducting interviews, Wemakor effectively disseminates information that raises awareness and promotes gender equality.


I BELIEVE GLOBAL's decision to honor Wemakor with this citation is not just a symbolic gesture but also an affirmation of the vital role that individuals play in the global movement for gender equality.

His example serves as an inspiration for others to join the cause and contribute to the creation of a more equitable world.


Acknowledgment from an organization of I BELIEVE GLOBAL's stature provides not only recognition but also motivation for activists to continue their quest for gender balance.

This award is anticipated to enhance Wemakor's influence and enable him to reach wider audiences, thus amplifying his message and the impact of his work.


In a world where gender disparities continue to exist, it is the dedication of individuals like Joseph Wemakor, in conjunction with the support of organizations like I BELIEVE GLOBAL, that propels society towards a more just and equal future.

This citation is a testament to the power of unwavering commitment to a cause and the difference it can make in the lives of many.


Each accolade, such as the one presented to Wemakor, not only recognizes personal achievements but also cumulatively paves the way for enduring global progress.


It serves as a clarion call for advocates, policymakers, and citizens to redouble efforts toward gender equality, ensuring that future generations inherit a world where equality is not an aspiration but a reality.


During the hybrid (physical/virtual) award ceremony, a few notable people were also honored for their contributions that are impacting efforts to achieve gender equality in Ghana and beyond.

They include Oheneyere Gifty Anti (Renowned Gender Advocate), Mrs. Esther Darko-Mensah (Activist), Mrs. Sabina Anokye Mensah (Renowned Gender Expert), Prof. Maurice Apprey, University of Virginia, USA (Advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Advancing Gender Equality), and Mr. Siapha Kamara (Renowned Gender Expert).


Others are Dr. Emmanuel Ayifah, Deputy Country Director, SEND Ghana, Mr. Harold Nii Amoo (Researcher-Gender Economics, Kobe University Japan), Mr. Justice Mawuli Godzo, University of Education; Winneba and Abdul-Aziz Seidu (Researcher-Public Health, University of Australia), Dr. Sérgio Bordalo e Sá, University of Lisbon, Portugal, Leela M. Kpukuyou-Browne (Gender Advocate and Empowerment Practitioner).


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“Recent military coups in Africa should be wakeup-call to all Ghanaians to promote peace nationwide”-Joseph Wemakor


Founder and Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), Joseph Kobla Wemakor, has observed that the pattern of unconstitutional seizures of power in nearby nations offers a sobering reminder that peace should never be taken for granted.

According to him, the recent wave of military coups across Africa should serve as a wake-up call for all Ghanaians to intensify their dedication in pursuit of promoting peace nationwide, especially before, during, and after the December 7, 2024, polls.

“We need to intensify our efforts by coming out with awareness creation on peace nationwide.

I think it should be a collective responsibility; all of us has a role to play. The media has a role to play. CSOs has a role to play, the security services have a role to play, government, churches, schools and communities as far as promotion of peace, unity, understanding and justice is concerned”.

Wemakor made this known during his second appearance on the esteemed Metro TV ‘Morning Rush’ Show to deliberate on the pressing issues of human rights in Ghana on Friday November 17, 2023.

Over the past years, the African political landscape has witnessed an upsurge in military interventions. Countries such as Mali, Guinea, and Sudan have seen their governments toppled by the military.

These coups disrupt social order, impede economic progress, and reverse the gains made in good governance and the rule of law.

The recurrence of these coups is indicative of deeper systemic issues, including corruption, mismanagement, and the alienation of youth and disenfranchised groups from political processes.

For Ghana, maintaining its reputation as a bulwark of democracy in the region is not only a matter of national pride but also a keystone for stability and continued development.

The Ghanaian peace narrative has been a powerful one, framed through successive peaceful transitions of power since the advent of the Fourth Republic in 1992. However, the tremors from the coups in neighbouring countries are a stark reminder of the fragility of any nation's peace.

In light of these developments, Joseph Wemakor's call to action implores all Ghanaians to fortify their commitment to dialogue, inclusivity, and the peaceful resolution of conflicts.


He stressed that to ensure the sustainability of peace, the Ghanaian government, civil society organizations, religious groups, and community leaders must innovate and implement strategies that foster political tolerance, education on civic responsibilities, and platforms for inclusive participation.

Involving young people is crucial, he continued, as they are frequently the most impacted by unemployment and are susceptible to promises of change, even if doing so undermines the constitutional order.

As Ghana inches closer to its highly anticipated December 7, 2024, general elections, there is an ever-increasing need for its citizenry to uphold and promote peace.

Ghana is often cited as one of the most stable democracies in Africa, with a history of peaceful electoral processes. However, the potential for political tensions cannot be overlooked, particularly as election fever grips the nation. It is in this context that the Human Rights Reporters boss has stepped forward to remind Ghanaians of their collective responsibility to protect the country's peace and democratic gains.

The ED reiterates the need to avoid hate speech, misinformation, and acts that could incite violence or disrupt the electoral process.

Emphasizing the significance of a peaceful electoral process, Wemakor calls for concerted efforts among various stakeholders—government bodies, political parties, civil society, the media, and the electorate—to engage in peace advocacy.

The media, in particular, is urged to be circumspect in their reporting, ensuring that the information disseminated is accurate and not inflammatory. Political parties are reminded to instruct their supporters to eschew violence and to resolve grievances through legal and peaceful means.


The HRRG boss also underscored the importance of political engagement and discourse being grounded in policies and ideologies, rather than personality attacks or tribal affiliations.


He is of the view that the shift towards issue-based campaigning can mitigate the risk of conflict and encourage voters to make informed choices based on the substantive differences in the visions and plans of the candidates and their parties.

Watch a video on the discussion here:

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Joseph Kobla Wemakor: How an entire family life changed with just a phone call through my support


Who could have imagined that just a phone call would end up transforming the life of an entire family at Gbegbeyise, a densely populated community situated under Shaibu-Gbegbeyise district in the Ablekuma West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana?.


Indeed, it came as a shock to me from the onset, but then, in the end, the unimaginable became obvious.


Yes, certainly this was a dream that came true, only made possible through the power of journalism utilized by an agent of change like me.


So how did this happen?


It all started on the fateful day of July 8, 2023, after a day’s hard work, while I was on my way back from work.


All of a sudden, my mobile phone started ringing, and when I checked, it was an incoming call from a colleague news editor responsible for managing one of the major online news portals in Ghana and beyond.


Roger has never contacted me for quite a while. What could have prompted him to initiate such a call at this time? I kept wondering to myself.

Eager and curious to hear him out, I quickly answered his call, and to my surprise, he alerted me that he earlier got a call from an official from the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources who is urgently looking for me to answer a few questions regarding a recent report I’ve authored on WASH, which had received a massive publication on various major online news portals.

He then sought my permission to go ahead and share with him my contact information so he could give me a call and speak directly to me about the news report.

For a short moment, I was a bit hesitant not knowing what to do simply because first, I wasn’t sure about the particular story he was talking about, secondly, I was scared that perhaps one of my stories might have gone bad and I’m now being sought for to be haunted as any journalist would feel but upon second thoughts, I gave my consent.


Then, two hours later, my mobile phone starts buzzing to my surprise with an unknown caller on the line. At that time, I had already reached home and was just relaxing on a sofa to cool off.

The unidentified caller identified himself to me right away as a representative of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, specifically working with the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project.


According to him, he is only contacting me in regards to a media report I filed on June 23, 2023, titled "Living without a toilet at home: The traumatic tale of a 15-year-old typhoid fever patient."

This is a report that highlights the predicament of a 15-year-old girl who contracted typhoid fever as a result of living in a community lacking proper sanitation facilities, including a toilet facility at home.

He clarified that his outfit is indeed touched by the plight of the teenager and her family and would like to help them by building a toilet facility in their home to ease their burden.

He then asked for my assistance to help him locate the juvenile’s house so he can get to visit, see and talk to her including her parents after which his outfit would properly arrange to help provide a toilet facility for them.

At this juncture, I got overwhelmed with an excitement upon hearing him out knowing very well my story has made an impact in someone’s life once more again.


Now, prior to filing this report, I was fortunate to have been empowered by the Centre for Science and Health Communication (CSHC) with the support of its funding partner, the National Research Foundation of South Africa, and others to have my capacity built on infectious diseases reporting among over 30 Ghanaian journalists who were selected and subsequently trained on May 17, 2023.

The aim of the workshop is to ensure that the knowledge and skills of Ghanaian science and health journalists are effectively honed to be better positioned to vigorously produce stories and enlighten the public on infectious diseases.

Aside from capacity building, each and every participant, including myself, was provided with funding support and tasked with producing a story on infectious disease to educate the public.

It is this kind of support I received from the CSHC and partners that inspired me to produce such a touching story that sheds light on the plight of the 15-year-old adolescent who later escaped from the clutches of typhoid fever.


The long and short of it all is that my story has finally made the desired impact in the lives of not just the 15-year-old girl typhoid victim but her entire family.


Thankfully, through the swift intervention of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project (SWP) under the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources.

To sum it all up, you might find it interesting to know that, of the more than thirty journalists nationwide who were chosen for the training and subsequently provided with the means to produce stories for the general public on infectious diseases, I was the most fortunate to have my story have a lasting effect on the lives of an entire family at Gbegbeyise.

My special thanks go out to the Center for Science and Health Communication (CSHC), the University of Ghana's School of Communication Studies, and funding partners.

Additionally, to Ing. George Asiedu, the GAMA Project Coordinator from Ghana's Ministry of Sanitation, and Mr. Francis Avuletey, Headmaster of UPCO's Kiddy's Garden School at Gbegbeyise.

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Wemakor gets impact with his story: Sanitation Ministry intervenes to erect toilet facility for 15-year-old typhoid patient



When alarm bells rang, revealing the sorry state of a 15-year-old typhoid fever patient living without a toilet at home, it was Joseph Kobla Wemakor, a diligent Ghanaian human rights journalist, who reported the tragic story.


Health professionals diagnosed the teenager with typhoid, a disease often caused by poor sanitation and living conditions.

It was this unchecked series of events that led to the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project (SWP) under the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources stepping in, a victory initiated by Wemakor's impactful journalism through the support of the Centre for Science Health Reporting and partners made possible thanks to funding from the National Research Foundation of South Africa.


Yet, how did this journey unfold?


Wemakor, recognized for his focused reporting on human rights issues, health challenges, among other social concerns, wrote about the teen’s plight.


The juvenile, a resident of Gbegbeyise, a densely populated community located at the Ablekuma West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, where sanitation is a major problem and access to basic amenities like clean water and toilet facilities is a luxury, was diagnosed with typhoid fever, a result of consuming contaminated food or water or through close contact with an infected individual.


Wemakor pointed out the need for improved sanitation in these deprived areas, emphasizing the absence of toilet facilities in the teenager's home.


The published piece was much more than an emotive narrative. It was a battle-cry for help. And it got the required attention.


The article wasn't a mere snapshot of a single life. Instead, it represented the unreported reality of countless citizens facing poverty-driven health issues amplified by negligible infrastructure facilities.

The shape, form, and essence of Wemakor's journalism were well appreciated, adding weight to the urgent need for tactical steps against this alarming predicament.


Prompt response to this pressing ordeal came from Ghana's Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources. They stepped in, driven by Wemakor's stirring narrative highlighting the 15-year-old's struggles.


Wemakor’s story inspired the Ministry to pave the way for urgent support. A subsequent visit to the teenager’s home revealed the need for immediate resolutions to alleviate the sanitation issues facing the residents.


An intervention followed, setting the ball rolling for a turn-around. Determinedly, the Ministry started with providing a basic sanitary facility for the affected household.


This move was not only a respite for the ailing teenager but also an essential step in delivering safe sanitation environments to underprivileged sections of society.


The domino effect of Wemakor’s story underscores the power of driven journalism in inciting change.


With his vigilant reporting, Wemakor not only publicized the teenager's plight but also triggered a wave of action beneficial in enhancing the community's living conditions.


In essence, Wemakor's story broke the silence. It highlighted the pain of many silently bearing the anguish of typhoid fever without access to sanitation.

The tangible results ensuing from his reporting evince a sparkling testament to the principle that journalism can, indeed, be a potent tool for social advancement.

This scenario highlights one of the numerous instances of journalism bringing about tangible change.


It reaffirms the influence of creditable journalism, as exemplified by Joseph Wemakor, in implanting lasting transformations in society for better living conditions and enhanced health services.


Watch a thrilling documentary of impact made by his story in the life of the teenager and her family here.


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Power of Storytelling: B.ISA and Human Rights Reporters Ghana Champion Climate Action


Two prominent entities based in Africa, Be Inspired with Stories from Africa (B.ISA) and Human Rights Reporters Ghana have embarked on a novel initiative to promote climate action: harnessing the potent medium of storytelling.


Be Inspired with Stories from Africa (B.ISA) is a movement that seeks to inspire others, daily, by sharing the personal success stories of renowned personalities and everyday people in Africa.


Simultaneously, it aims to foster a community of young, inspired individuals who seek to make a difference in society.


On the other hand, Human Rights Reporters Ghana is an NGO that works to safeguard and promote the rights of the underprivileged and minority groups. One of its fundamental principles includes environmental justice, laying the groundwork for this new climatic collaboration.


The event which took place at the Institute of the Statistical, Social and Economic Research Conference Hall within the University of Ghana campus on Wednesday October 25, 2023, began with screening of a documentary video which sheds light on the Duapa Climate Action in African communities, namely, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and Liberia, followed by some inspiring stories from climate leaders and community representatives.

Miss Lucenda Afful, one of the participants in the Duapa climate action project expressing her excitement, recounted how technology has enhanced her tree planting projects.

“Technology has made planting and monitoring of the trees I plant easy with less struggle. I am able to record the growth and health of the plants using the Locus Map App. I thought it would have been difficult and complicated until I began to use it”.

Lucenda exclaimed, adding that “the power of technology has equally helped her to know the status of the trees”.

She furthered, “using technological equipment like the drones, we are able to plant seedlings where our human efforts cannot get to, and with the aid of the Locus App on the mobile phone, we are able to track the state of the seedlings and the other trees we plant”.


Participants in the event were very excited to see how digital technology has been adopted as a tool for plant management.

Also, there were some discussions on advancing the use of medicinal plants, restoring Ghana’s lost forests, providing the youth with alternative sources of livelihoods as well as how to contribute to Ghana’s nature-based climate change adaptation strategy.

However, concerns were raised about how some young people are unable to use technology to promote climate change due to the unavailability of technological tools and equipment in their locality.

Mr. Derrick Afful, field officer for the Duapa reforestation project mentioned during a panel discussion that technology is the basis for sustainable agriculture. “Technology in agriculture increases agricultural productivity and develops the agricultural process” he exclaimed.

Concluding, panelists mentioned how the government is in support of promoting climate change and is ready to support individuals who are willing to promote the change.

Moreover, the youth were admonished to collaborate among themselves and seek out available resources and funding to support their individual projects on climate change.

All in all, this initiative by B.ISA and Human Rights Reporters Ghana marks a novel approach to climate awareness and action.

It melds a time-honored communication strategy with modern technological means to foster a movement that could effectively combat climate change. Moreover, it holds the promise of catalyzing a ripple effect, triggering similar projects globally.

This venture reiterates an essential, yet sometimes overlooked truth - every measure, even a small step, can contribute to the global fight against climate change.


By leveraging storytelling's power, these organisations hope to spark a broader dialogue on climate issues, inspiring people to act for a sustainable future.


The event also enjoyed partnership from the Greenzine, Ghana News Agency, the All Africa Students Union and Kingdom FM.

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Joseph Wemakor among 30 selected African activists schooled on regional, international human rights system in Tanzania

Renowned Ghanaian journalist and human rights activist, Joseph Kobla Wemakor, has been recognized as part of the recently selected thirty African renowned activists to undergo a 3-day (October 13–15, 2023) intensive training on regional and international human rights systems in Arusha, Tanzania.


The “African Human Rights Training of Trainers on the Participation in and Engagement with the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights” is an initiative of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) with support from the African Commission for Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU), United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner and the Open Society Foundations including other partners.


It seeks to build the capacity of the selected participants, including by offering them the opportunity to participate in and engage with the regional human rights mechanisms in Africa.


The goal, according to Hannah Forster, Executive Director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS), is to strengthen existing partnerships between NGOs, CSOs, journalists, and human rights defenders and the African Commission of Human and People's Rights in order to advance and defend human rights in Africa.

Wemakor is one of only two Ghanaians among the 30 participants chosen from 23 nations on the African continent to receive this exceptional opportunity.

The beneficiaries, according to the Training and Advocacy Support Manager of the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), Salomé Boucif, were carefully selected out of a pool of over 2,000 applications received for entries.

This initiative reinforces the continuing commitment across the African continent to bolstering the capacities and knowledge of human rights activists in navigating regional and global human rights mechanisms.

Joseph Kobla Wemakor is renowned in Ghana and beyond for his tireless work in advocating for human rights and equality.

As the founder of Human Rights Reporters Ghana, Wemakor has persistently campaigned against human trafficking, child abuse, discrimination, and other fundamental human rights violations in Ghana.


His selection for this prestigious training in Tanzania signifies not only Wemakor's impact as a human rights activist but also his potential to advance the cause on a broader African platform.

The comprehensive training in Tanzania focused on providing activists with in-depth knowledge about the African Human Rights System, United Nations Human Rights System, and the application of various international human rights instruments.


Such tangible skills and understanding are instrumental in ensuring activists like Wemakor are well equipped to advocate for and protect human rights within their respective countries and on a regional scale.

Regional and International human rights instruments such as the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) provide a framework for activists to advocate for human rights. The training in Tanzania, therefore, works towards enhancing the activist’s expertise on the effective usage of these instruments in their advocacy work.

The training was further designed to foster a collaborative environment among the participating activists, paving the way for an intercountry networking platform. This initiative inculcates a lively discourse on human rights issues, consequently contributing to the overall human rights movement in Africa.

Wemakor's inclusion in this select group is a significant milestone in his human rights advocacy journey.

Equipped with enhanced knowledge and understanding of the regional and international human rights systems, he is now poised to increase his impact in pushing for tangible and meaningful social change in Ghana and across Africa.

This initiative ultimately signifies a step towards a more informed, connected, and empowered group of human rights activists in Africa.

As they continue to fight for justice, equality, and human dignity amidst various challenges, their role remains crucial in the advancement of human rights in Africa.

While in Tanzania, Wemakor is also expected to participate in the NGOs Forum which will be held from 16th-18th October as well as the Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) from 20th to 24th October 2023.


In order to identify responses and adopt strategies for the promotion and protection of human rights on the continent, the African and international NGOs community can network and share updates on the human rights situations in Africa through the NGOs Forum.

Participating in the ACHPR Ordinary Sessions, according to the organizers, will also give participants a hands-on taste of the Commission's work.

Over a hundred human rights organizations from Africa and beyond are expected to participate in the forum. Eminent activists and subject-matter experts who work on African human rights issues will serve as resources.


The African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) will also organize the 42nd African Human Rights Book Fair, which will run simultaneously with the Forum.

The Book Fair enables NGOs to network and initiate or renew the exchange of materials and information, as well as to publish their activities.


Participants in the forum are expected to actively participate in the Book Fair by displaying publications or documentaries of their organizations.


Source:humanrightsreporters.com


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HRRG CEO Joseph Wemakor declares 2023 his year of victory


2023 has been christened the "Year of Victorious "3S"—Success, Shine, and Stardom" by Joseph Kobla Wemakor, one of the leading names in African journalism.


Wemakor, a writer and human rights campaigner from Ghana, is no stranger to accomplishment; throughout his distinguished career, he has won numerous honors and accolades.

While emphasizing personal development and impact on the journalism industry, his aim for 2023 goes beyond prior accomplishments.

First, 'Success' as Wemakor sees it, is comprehensive. It isn't just about personal achievements or accolades. Wemakor's vision includes supporting other aspiring journalists via mentorship and contributing to moulding the next generation of newsmakers.


His definition of 'Success' also encompasses the betterment of journalism in Ghana and Africa, promoting a free press, transparent reporting, and making the world aware of the beautiful stories of resilience and triumph that come from Africa.


Second, 'Shine'. Wemakor believes that success only counts when it brings light to others' lives too. Shine for him, therefore, implies his work becoming more visible, sparking meaningful conversations, and inspiring change. Wemakor's journalism has often been characterized by his commitment to human rights.


Therefore, his aim for his career to 'shine' in 2023 further underscores his dedication to sharing stories that can have a positive influence on society.


Lastly, 'Stardom' for Wemakor is instrumental yet humble. Rather than fame for its own sake, he views stardom as an opportunity to direct the spotlight towards issues that matter.


His focus remains on making the voices of the unheard visible to a global audience.


By using the platform that stardom provides, he hopes to impact societies beyond national borders, turning challenges into opportunities, despair into hope, and shadows into light.


In conclusion, Joseph Kobla Wemakor 2023: The Year of Victorious 3S: Success, Shine, and Stardom is a blueprint for not only personal growth but also for building a better journalistic culture that could positively influence society.

Empowering journalism with integrity, spotlighting important issues, and using influence to enhance society truly represents Wemakor's distinguished approach to Success, Shine, and Stardom for the upcoming year.


Source:Alhassan Kandey|GHlense.net

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Covenant Presby School, Dzorwulu, holds its sixteenth graduation and awards ceremony

On a bright and sunny day of September 15 2023, the grounds of Covenant Presby School located at Dzorwulu in Accra stood witness to a remarkable event.

The institution, widely recognized for its commitment to providing quality and holistic education, commenced with its sixteenth annual graduation and awards ceremony.


The event was a profound landmark in the academic journey of the graduating class which comprises 64 students; 33 passed out from kindergarten 2 to basic one while 31 graduated from JHS to the SHS.


It acknowledged their hard work, perseverance, and resilience in the academic and co-curricular spheres.


Furthermore, it reflected on the rigorous learning process these young men and women had undergone over their years at Covenant Presby School-Dzorwulu.


Amidst the joy and laughter of proud parents, guardians, colleagues, teachers and innumerable well-wishers, the graduating class, immaculately decorated in their graduation gowns, marched into the school's expansive auditorium.


Everyone in attendance at this sixteenth graduation and awards ceremony was filled with a mix of nostalgia and hope for the future.


In support of the event's theme, "Promoting Excellence Through Determination and Hard Work," Mr. Felix Akuffo-Badoo, the immediate past head of the Test Administration Division of the West Africa Examination Council, addressed the gathering.


Speaking as the guest speaker, his speech emphasized academic accomplishment, the importance of co-curricular activities, but most importantly, excellence, humility, and hard work—the cornerstones of values-oriented education imparted at Covenant Presby School.


It also underscored the need for a collective effort on the part of parents, school authorities, pupils, and all stakeholders to ensure that Covenant Presby School is classified among institutions where excellence is associated with determination and hard work.

Speaking about the previous Presbyterian schools' accomplishments, Mr. Akuffo-Badoo explained that one of their basic ideals was excellence, which was attained by perseverance and hard work.

He was certain that Covenant Presby School, a typical Presbyterian or "Basel Mission" institution, would be linked to excellence through perseverance and diligence.

While congratulating the graduates for succeeding in their academic endeavours, he challenged each of them to be committed to achieving excellence and honor through hard work. He believed that this value should serve as a way to guide the graduates in their educational path as well as other endeavours to become a shining example in their various schools.


“For those of you passing out today, you have the duty of projecting the image of Covenant Presby School. When you move on from here, I challenge you to work hard and represent your schools at the National Maths and Science Quiz competition and also win the WAEC Excellence Awards at the National and International Levels, amongst others, through hard work”.


In her address, the headmistress of the school, Mrs. Evelyn Amoamah Antwi underlined the high standards of education that Covenant Presby School-Dzorwulu offers.

She delivered a speech that was rich in educational, moral, and life-guiding principles, emphasizing the need for perseverance, hard work, and adherence to ethical standards. These, she believes, are the keys to success in the nascent professional lives of the graduates.

In light of the event's theme, she emphasized the importance of discipline, hard work, integrity, and humility in her speech and urged the students to take pride in these Presbyterian values, saying, "We need to constantly remind ourselves of these values because they play a crucial role in our quest to achieve academic excellence.

Finally, in concluding her inspirational address, Evelyn Antwi wished the graduating class all the best in their bid to explore new frontiers.


“To my esteemed graduates of JHS Class of 2023 I believe you all have dreams I mean big dreams to nurture but remember you have to work towards them with all seriousness because the journey from here to senior high school s and to the university is not a smooth one but I’m confident that the foundation we have laid for you in Covenant Presby school has equipped you well enough to sail through your education and beyond”.

A major highlight of the event was the award-giving ceremony that took place following the graduation ceremony, set out to appreciate and encourage the outstanding academic and non-academic performances of the students including both teaching and non-teaching staff of the school. Medals and certificates were given by the distinguished guests and key persons of the institution to the awardees.


Covenant Presbyterian School’s commitment to fostering talent and rewarding academic merit was heartily evidenced. Special awards were given to graduates with exceptional performances in various subject areas, alongside others who had made an indelible mark in fields such as sports, music, arts, and social service.

The ceremony also witnessed the unveiling of a new cadet uniform, an activity which was performed by the District Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana Dzorwulu District who is also the Local Manager of the school, Rev. Kingsley Asare Addo.

The sixteenth graduation and awards ceremony was a splendid representation of the values that Covenant Presbyterian School-Dzorwulu has been founded upon.


It was a testament to the effective teaching methods, robust curriculum, and a conducive learning environment that the school has been providing consistently.


Words of congratulations flowed from every corner of the school, echoing the pride and joy everyone felt at the notable achievements of the graduates. With the completion of this significant phase of their lives, these young adults are now equipped to embark on a new journey, ready to make their own mark within and beyond the confines of their alma mater.


The event culminated with a vote of thanks presented by Princess Amakye, a graduating student. It was a day of reflection, joy, and anticipation, a day that will be remembered by all attendees, especially the graduates, as they go forth in the world to chart their own paths.

The sixteenth graduation and awards ceremony at Covenant Presbyterian School-Dzorwulu was a titanic success, reflecting the institution’s commitment to fostering holistic individuals of caliber and character.


Source: Joseph Kobla Wemakor


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Human Rights Reporters Ghana ED Joseph Wemakor honored with a prestigious award for excellence in peacebuilding

The International Association of World Peace Advocates (IAWPA) has proclaimed Joseph Kobla Wemakor as one of its recipients of the prestigious Africa Peace Advocate Awards 2023.


He was recognized among over 30 exceptional Ghanaian individuals who have dedicated themselves to promoting peace in their communities and beyond.


Known for his remarkable endeavours and continuous efforts in the direction of maintaining and extending peace in Africa, Wemakor has now been duly recognized and acclaimed globally.

Joseph Kobla Wemakor is a renowned Ghanaian peace activist, dedicated humanitarian, and influential journalist.


He is also the founder and executive director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), an NGO committed to fighting for the rights of marginalized groups in society.


Acknowledged for his virtue of deep conviction for peace, Wemakor has consistently initiated and led movements towards selfless service and goodwill undertakings.

The IAWPA's newly granted honour signifies a landmark and colossal achievement in Wemakor’s relentless journey of fostering peace and understanding among communities.

The effort dedicated by Wemakor in peace advocacy across Africa and beyond has been enormous and of profound significance.


With his robust journalistic background, he has used words as his tool to mould, shape, and inspire the minds of the masses.

Wemakor believes in the sanctity of the pen as a force that combats situations of conflict, unrest, and animosity prevalent in numerous African communities.

The Africa Peace Advocate Awards, a headline initiative from IAWPA, has been instrumental in recognizing peace advocates who have made exceptional contributions to promote peace and harmony.

The award encapsulates the very spirit of humanity and acknowledges the relentless efforts of peace advocates worldwide.


Wemakor’s recognition by IAWPA underscores his persistent work, including formulating and implementing strategies and programs for conflict resolution, promoting peaceful co-existence, and empowering the youth towards progressive and peaceful journeys.

More than just an honour, this award is a testament to his continued dedication towards creating a harmonious and peaceful African society.


This award brings the total number of notable honors received by Wemakor this year to three. The Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network, based in Kampala, Uganda, was the first organization to be moved by his extraordinary accomplishments and nominated him on February 17, 2023, for the prestigious AfricanDefenders Shield Award, which honors people who work to advance and defend human rights in Africa.

On July 15, 2023, the Entreps, International Board of Global Actors, and Business for Sustainability in Costa Rica gave him, along with his platform, the most prestigious 5th UN Global Entreps Awards for their outstanding contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This was followed by widespread recognition.

Prior to that, his relentless advocacy work had been acknowledged, which led to the selection of his platform, the Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), as one of the 10 finalists for the 2020 Africans Rising Activism Awards' Movement of the Year Award. The only group to represent Ghana on the continent was HRRG, which placed fourth in the finals.

Again, on November 13, 2021, he received an honorary award for peace, security, and education from the Transformational Empowerment and Rural Integration Africa Foundation, an NGO, at the inaugural Africa Early Education Award (AECEA) ceremony for his outstanding work on peacebuilding initiatives across the continent.


His excellence in human rights advocacy and defence was recognized by a global media outlet, "Business Woman Magazine," based in Ukraine, on October 17, 2020. He was chosen to be featured in its glossy pages alongside a number of notable individuals, diplomats, activists, and business leaders who have an impact on lives on a global level.

The IAWPA’s high commendation for the Human Rights Reporters Ghana’s boss equally highlights its commitment to acknowledging outstanding individuals striving to maintain peace.


The Association aims to foster global peace and harmony through interdisciplinary and cross-cultural communication. By acknowledging peace defenders like Joseph Kobla Wemakor, the IAWPA hopes to inspire many others to take up the mantle of peace advocacy in their respective societies.

In accepting the impressive honour from the United Nations Eminent Peace Ambassador and Country Director for the International Association of World Peace Advocates, Dr. Samuel Ben Owusu, the humble peace advocate emphasized that the recognition would further invigorate his objectives and dedication towards realizing a peaceful and united Africa.


His vision, characterized by relentless optimism, revolves around seeing a continent free from conflict, where every individual lives in harmony and peace.


The Africa Peace Advocate Awards 2023 offers a felicitous platform for champions of peace like Joseph Kobla Wemakor. Notably, it underscores their significance in harmonizing and consolidating peace in the African continent and the wider world in general.

It is the hope that this honour will inspire younger generations to contribute towards creating an environment of peace and co-existence.

The unwavering efforts and endeavours of peace advocates like Wemakor are indeed commendable and noteworthy.

The Africa Peace Advocate Awards and IAWPA’s honour of Wemakor is a step towards acknowledging such unyielding efforts.


His actions and contributions are a beacon of hope and a reminder that upholding peace, much like justice, is a collective effort that should be honored and celebrated.

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https://avalanches.com/gh/accra_honoring_ghanaian_peace_advocates_at_the_2023_africa_peace_advocate_aw6726336_23_09_2023

Honoring Ghanaian Peace Advocates at the 2023 Africa Peace Advocate Awards


In an environment where conflict, violence, and social unrest have become the order of the day, there are outstanding individuals unrelentingly promoting peace and social harmony in Ghana.

Their tireless efforts were acknowledged at the 2023 Africa Peace Advocate Awards, a ceremony aimed at acknowledging and rewarding these peace advocates for their commitment to promoting a peaceful Ghana and Africa at large.

The list of honorees from the Ghanaian contingent was highly significant. The esteemed personalities ranged from diplomats to religious leaders, non-profit organizations, and even personalities from the media.

One notable honoree was Joseph Kobla Wemakor, the founder/executive director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), a renowned journalist and peace activist who has constantly used his media platform to highlight the importance of peaceful coexistence.

His unbiased reporting and commitment to promoting dialogue have played a significant role in resolving conflicts and fostering understanding among diverse communities.


Regina Asamoah, a young entrepreneur who established a group devoted to empowering women and advancing peace through economic development, was another notable recipient.

Along with creating economic opportunities for disadvantaged communities, her initiatives have promoted interethnic harmony and cooperation.


The Pamcos Foundation is one such non-governmental organization that has been at the forefront of peace education and conflict resolution. Their tireless efforts have helped bridge divides and promote peaceful coexistence among Ghanaians.


At the second edition of the Africa Peace Advocate Awards event held recently celebrated the remarkable efforts of over 30 Ghanaian individuals who have dedicated themselves to promoting peace in their communities and beyond

Dr. Samuel Ben Owusu, Country Director for the International Association of World Peace Advocates and a United Nations Eminent Peace Ambassador, addressed the audience during the ceremony.


He reminded the honorees of the importance of the award and urged them to use their various platforms resolutely and tenaciously to promote peace, progress, and development for the benefit of all people on the African continent.

“We are not just going to give you awards as recognition. This is for work. We need you. Ghana needs you. Africa needs you. We need you to use your platforms to speak to bring about change”.


The significant impact of these individuals and organizations in ensuring peace in Ghana and Africa cannot be overstated.


The 2023 Africa Peace Advocate Awards have gone a long way in recognizing these incredible peace advocates and encouraging others to follow in their footsteps.

The ceremony, which marks the second edition, not only acknowledged their unwavering commitment to peace advocacy but also provided a platform to highlight the importance of peace for the overall development of Ghana and the entire African continent.

It was staged at the Pottersville Church International, East Legon Hills, Santoe in Accra on Thursday September 21, 2023, as part of the Celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace by International Association of World Peace Advocate. (IAWPA).

The event was graced by prominent figures, activists, and supporters of peace from across Ghana and beyond. It was held under the theme: “Action for Africa Peace”.

The honorees are listed below:


1. Mrs. Rev. Dr. Joy Owusu

2. Dr. Bright Okoh

3. Lady Rev. Mrs. Martha Frimpong Boateng

4. Rita Esionam Garglo

5. Dr. Chester Bonnako

6. Ms. Harriet Nartey

7. Ms. Edna Bruce Cudjoe

8. Ms. Regina Asamoah

9. Apostle Abraham Lamptey

10. Hon. Dr. Mrs. Hanna Louisa Bisiw-Kotei

11. Fiifi Pratt

12. Mr. Gilbert Aggrey Abeiku

13. Nana Ama Anima Tutuwaa I

14. Dr. Nana Enyinfua III

15. Mrs. Theresa Tawiah Anang

16. Rev. Dr. Victor Anang

17. Pamela Agyapomaa Anokye

18. May Adaeze Chinda

19. Ms. Emmaline Dartey

20. Rev. Nelly Deladem

21. Mrs. Yvonne Antonio

22. Capt. Nii Kojo Nseni Mankattah

23. Ms. Cecilia Agyeiwaa

24. Anokyewaaba Serwaa

25. Ms. Valentina Ofori Afriyie

26. Mr. Philip Danquah

27. Joseph Kobla Wemakor

28. Nana Okogyeaman Oprepeh X

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https://avalanches.com/gh/accra_human_rights_reporters_ghana_ceo_joseph_kobla_wemakor_nominated_for_a6725236_05_09_2023

Human Rights Reporters Ghana CEO Joseph Kobla Wemakor nominated for Africa Peace Advocate Awards 2023


The Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Human Rights Reporters Ghana, Joseph Kobla Wemakor has been nominated for the prestigious Africa Peace Advocate Awards (APAA) slated for September 21, 2023, at the Pottersville Church Conference Hall in East Legon Hills, Santoe, Accra.


The news comes as a testament to his exceptional contributions to peacebuilding, human rights advocacy, and unprecedented efforts to promote the wellbeing of marginalized populations in Ghana and across the Africa continent.


Joseph Kobla Wemakor joins an esteemed league of distinguished individuals recognized for their significant achievements in peace advocacy.


APAA aims to honor individuals and organizations that have made considerable contributions to peacekeeping, conflict resolution, and human rights advocacy across Africa.


Closer to home, Wemakor has earned respect and acclaim as a relentless human rights advocate in Ghana.


Through Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), his non-profit, media and human rights advocacy organization, Wemakor has led and been a part of local and international initiatives that disrupt patterns of human rights abuses, nurture peace, and promote respect for human dignity.


Notably, HRRG’s campaigns have significantly raised awareness of human rights and propelled social change, thereby securing Wemakor a place among Ghana’s most influential human rights advocates.


Wemakor's admirable efforts to stop child abuse and kidnapping are among his most prominent projects. He has developed and led a campaign to inform the public about the risks and severe repercussions of such acts while simultaneously working to support the victims of these atrocities.


In the year 2020, he launched a powerful media advocacy campaign on the issue of human rights violations in South Korea during the time of the first COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in Lee Man-hee, an 89-year-old man who is the founder and head of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus Christ, a growing minority and 'unpopular' church in Korea, being released from detention.

For his suspected involvement in concealing information from the South Korean government and authorities concerning church members, which they felt was detrimental to the effort to combat the pandemic, Mr. Lee was used as a scapegoat and wrongfully arrested and incarcerated.


Additionally, Wemakor's influence extends beyond the borders of Ghana through his contributions to international dialogues on peace and human rights.


He makes regular appearances at high-level UN meetings and conferences, where he shares his insights on peacebuilding and highlights the urgent need to safeguard human rights across the globe.


Being nominated for the Africa Peace Advocate Awards is another significant milestone in Wemakor's illustrious career.

This recognition provides proof of his continuous commitment to peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and the fundamental principles of human rights.


It also spurs him and his team at HRRG to further their work in transforming societies and fostering environments where human rights are not only respected but upheld as an utmost priority.

Despite the ongoing challenges in the fight for peace and human rights advocacy, Wemakor’s nomination signals hope for the future.


It echoes the message that changemakers like him continue to fight for a world where everyone can live without fear of oppression or violence, and enjoy their rights fully.

As the continent watches to witness this prestigious award ceremony in 2023, the nomination of Wemakor for the Africa Peace Advocate Awards has already elevated the narrative for peace and human rights advocacy in Africa.

It serves as a reminder to everyone that despite the challenges faced, hope remains, and progress is possible with dedication and concerted effort.

Joseph Kobla Wemakor’s nomination sends a powerful message across Ghana, Africa, and to the rest of the world- that tireless efforts to advocate for peace, protect human rights, and champion the cause of the less fortunate do not go unnoticed.


It further inspires individuals and organizations to keep advancing the cause of peace and human rights, not only in Africa but also on the global stage.

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https://avalanches.com/gh/accra_africa_peace_advocate_awards_2023_iawpa_announces_nominees_6725196_04_09_2023

Africa Peace Advocate Awards 2023: IAWPA announces nominees


The International Association of World Peace Advocates (IAWPA), an inter-governmental organization that promotes peace and sustainability globally, recently unveiled this year’s honorary awards nominees for its prestigious Africa Peace Advocate Awards 2023 (APAA23).


This announcement upholds the IAWPA’s commitment towards peace advocacy and acknowledges outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed to peace activities in Africa.


The IAWPA, established under the laws of United Nations, routinely organizes events and recognitions that uphold peace and brotherhood on a global scale.


The organization's consistent efforts towards recognizing peace advocates worldwide are commendable.


Its high-profile events have become a significant platform to acknowledge activists who work tirelessly for global peace and sustainable development around the world.

The Africa Peace Advocate Awards (APAA) is one of the hallmark initiatives of the IAWPA for honoring exceptional peace advocates in Africa.


It is an esteemed recognition that celebrates individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to promoting peace and harmony across the African continent.


The award serves not just as a recognition but also as an inspiration for others and a challenge to improve efforts towards attaining a peaceful environment.


In line with its tradition of recognizing such noteworthy contributions, the IAWPA recently unveiled the list of honorees for the 2023 edition of the Africa Peace Advocate Awards (APAA23).


These revered nominees, meticulously selected by the executive board under the leadership of H.E. Ambassador Dr. Samuel Ben Owusu, demonstrated significant efforts in peace advocacy, conflict resolution, community development, and socio-economic contributions aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.


The release of this list is a milestone in itself. It symbolizes the IAWPA's unwavering commitment to promoting peace and facilitating a sustainable development culture in African societies.


It is also a resounding bang of the gong, serving as a call to action for individuals and organizations to ramp up their efforts towards peace advocacy.


“The carefully selected uncategorized list features Ghanaians drawn from various sectors of the country, including humanitarian organizations, non-profits, NGOs, international peace initiatives, UN SDGs advocates, businesses, religious bodies, individuals, politicians, media personalities, and public figures, who are advocating, campaigning for peace, and championing Africa's development.


These peace advocates and philanthropists are reshaping history, closing inequality gaps, grooming leaders, and pioneering new avenues of wealth creation through their various platforms, careers, and professions.


The approach used in selecting the nominees cuts across recommendations, extensive background checks, social impact, advocacy, and promotion of peace, according to IAWPA’s executive board”.


The awards appreciate and celebrate diversity in peace advocacy, recognizing that sustainable development and peace are multi-faceted concepts that require attention across various industries and sectors.


The forthcoming Africa Peace Advocate Awards 2023, which are being organized on the theme “Action for Africa Peace,” promises to be a memorable occasion ripe with opportunities for connection, dialogue, learning, and inspiration.


The auspicious ceremony, which seeks to honor and celebrate deserving awardees for their remarkable commitments to peace by initiating or leading projects that have significantly contributed to conflict resolution, post-conflict reconstruction, and the overall development of respective communities across the African continent, is scheduled to hold at the plush Pottersville Church Conference Hall, East Legon Hills, Santoe, Accra, on September 21, 2023. Time: 10:00 a.m. prompt.


Ambassador Per Stephan, the World Peace President from Denmark, Ambassador Emmanuel Nweke, the International Peace Spokesman, Dr. Sammy David from Liberia, and Ambassador Livingstone Banjagala from Uganda are all anticipated to attend, as well as other prominent members of international and African peacekeeping organizations, UN delegates, and diplomats.


The IAWPA invites all peace lovers worldwide to join this promising ceremony and be part of the quest for international peace and sustainability.


As we anticipate the upcoming grand ceremony, we can all embrace the common hopes nurtured by IAWPA for a peaceful society and sustainable development.


We can also appreciate the critical role of our awardees and peace advocates in driving these dreams towards reality.


Be part of this rewarding journey of peaceful coexistence and sustainable development as advocated by the International Association of World Peace Advocates.



Congratulations to all our Champion Peace Advocates!



Below is the list of the 2023 honorary awards nominees:




1. Mrs. Rev. Dr. Joy Owusu

Dean of Covenant Christian Leadership University College, CEO Bolga Waakye, Smile Divilla Ltd.


2. Dr. Bright Okoh

CEO of Greenfield Scientific Herbal Clinic


3. Lady Rev. Mrs. Martha Frimpong Boateng

CEO, Martha Frimpong Boateng Foundation


4. Piesie Esther

Gospel Artist


5. Dr. Chester Bonnako

CEO, Grace Homeopathy Clinic


6. Ms. Harriet Nartey

Broadcast Journalist


Diplomatic Affairs TV Show

7. Ms. Edna Bruce Cudjoe

Edna Bruce Cudjoe Foundation


8. Ms. Regina Asamoah

Children and Gender Advocate

CEO Missing Children Ghana

9. Apostle Abraham Lamptey

General Overseer, Believers House of Worship Ministries

10. Hon. Dr. Mrs. Hanna Louisa Bisiw-Kotei

National Women's Organizer (NDC)

11.Fiifi Pratt

Broadcast Journalist

12. Gilbert Aggrey Abeiku

CEO Kaya Tours/Broadcast Journalist


13. Nana Ama Anima Tutuwaa I

Naa Tutuwaa Foundation


14. Dr. Nana Enyinfua III

CEO, Enakare Foundation


15. Mrs. Theresa Tawiah Anang

Head of Women's Empowerment at Riverside Foundation


16. Rev. Dr. Victor Anang

CEO, Crystal Logistics, and General Merchant


17. Ms. Pamela Agyapomaa Anokye

Pamcos Foundation

18. May Adaeze Chinda

CEO, Save The Child and Widow Foundation

19. Ms. Emmaline Dartey

CEO, ICS Africa

20. Rev. Dr. Nelly Deladem

Prestige Women's Network

21. Mrs. Yvonne Nana Antonio

Fidelity Bank, PLC


22. Captain Nii Kojo Nseni Mankattah

President Gadangme Council of Asafoatsemii and Asafoanyemii


23. Ms. Cecilia Agyeiwaa

Broadcast Journalist

24.Anokyewaaba Serwaa

Broadcast Journalist

CEO, Anoba Foundation


25. Ms. Valentina Ofori Afriyie

Broadcast Journalist


26. Mr. Philip Dankwah

CEO, St. Philip Enterprise


27. Mr. David Osei

CEO, Silicone Properties Accra

28. Nana Okogyeaman Oprepeh X

Chief of Abura Tetsi

Odzikro

29. Rita Esionam Garglo

No Limits Charity Organization

30. Joseph Kobla Wemakor

CEO, Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG)






Source:IAWPA

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7-year-old Ivan Selase Hatse seeks urgent medical support to undergo orthopaedic surgery


At only seven years old, Ivan Selase Hatse is courageously battling a condition under circumstances that would be daunting for many adults.


Living in Ho West District in the Volta Region of Ghana, Ivan is a Person Living with Physical Disability (PLWD) suffering from a leg deformity that needs corrective orthopaedic surgery.


Ivan's case is an emblem of the countless struggles encountered by children with physical disabilities in underprivileged environments.


His leg deformity does not merely limit his movement but also hinders him from accessing education, social participation, and other opportunities that children of his age commonly enjoy.


His condition can only be remedied via orthopaedic surgery, which his family cannot afford without help.


Ivan unfortunately lost his dear mom barely a month ago. His father is currently on admission at the hospital, battling a mild stroke.

All hope is lost as it stands; these sad developments compound his inability to go to school as expected of any normal child, which is even more worrying.


Orthopaedic surgery can correct deformities or disorders in the skeleton and its associated structures, thereby enabling sufferers like Ivan to lead a more normal life.


Orthopaedic treatment could significantly enhance Ivan's quality of life, mobility, and future opportunities. The cost, however, is a major obstacle.


The expenses for such specialized procedures are substantial, not to mention the rehabilitation and aftercare that Ivan would need.


Currently the cost of his medical surgery including other expenses are pegged at a staggering estimated sum of two hundred thousand Ghana cedis (GH₵200, 000) equivalent to $17,418.20.


Consequently, Mama Lynn Charity Foundation, the Human Rights Reporters Ghana-NGO, and Ivan’s family, including the local well-wishers, are now rallying support to facilitate his surgery.


They are reaching out to both individuals and organizations alike for donations and assistance.

Their plight is not an isolated one - financial constraints regularly prevent vulnerable populations from accessing necessary medical interventions.

As their appeal echoes across the district and further into the country, it is becoming evident that the issue is reflective of a broader challenge.


It underlines the need for comprehensive healthcare coverage that accounts for specialized treatments like orthopaedic surgery.

It also shines a light on the systemic issues of accessibility and affordability, especially for those in rural communities.


Throughout all this, Ivan remains hopeful. His spirit is unbroken, and his resolve is strong. However, to turn his hope into reality, it will require combined and concerted efforts from well-intentioned benefactors, healthcare institutions, and the government.

“By helping Ivan, we are not only transforming one life but potentially driving change that could improve health outcomes for similarly affected children throughout the Ho West District and beyond.


Let us stand in solidarity with Ivan and join the fight against healthcare inequality by contributing whatever we can and amplifying the call for assistance” says Mama Lynn Charity Foundation’s Founder, Madam Evelyn Agbese Wemegah.


“An opportunity to improve a child’s life sits before us. It is upon everyone in society to lend a hand where we can. Support for Ivan exemplifies the quintessential African philosophy of Ubuntu, showing that our humanity is interconnected.


Donating towards Ivan's orthopaedic surgery is not just a charitable act, but an investment in a young boy’s future. Enabled to overcome his physical impediments, Ivan might grow up to be a contributor to his community and the nation at large.


His story reinforces the crucial need for a more inclusive, comprehensive, and accessible health care system that caters to all, irrespective of their socio-economic circumstances”, Joseph Kobla Wemakor, Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana has said.


“We are all duty-bound to ensure that Ivan Selase and his peers are not relegated to the margins due to conditions that can ideally be corrected.


No child should be left behind. As we strive to improve our societal infrastructure, let us not forget Ivan and others like him who can only dream of better days,” says a local sympathizer.

Any kind or monetary donation is appreciated. To help a good cause, please call +233 (0)548665114 or send an email to [email protected].

Source:humanrightsreporter.com

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