The Australian High Commission donated GH¢197,366 to The Pearl Safe Haven, an NGO, to be used in building an emergency transitional housing shelter for survivors of domestic violence and abuse in Greater Accra Region. The funds were raised through the High Commission’s Annual Melbourne Cup Charity Gala 2018.

The safe house will provide a skills programme that will enable victims seeking refuge to rebuild their lives after their traumatic experiences and become economically independent after their stay.

Mr. Andrew Barnes, Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, said the safe house was a worthy investment. He noted that the current system of support for the prevention of abuse and recovery for victims in Ghana as inadequate and underfunded, which left people who suffer abuse no choice but to remain in the abusive situations.

High Commissioner Barnes said violence against women was a global concern and the most widespread and socially tolerated violation of human rights. He described  violence against women as a major obstacle to the fulfillment of women’s and girl’s rights and to the attainment of the Agenda 2030 SDGs. He explained that violence against women and children was a priority for Australia, both domestically and internationally.

Ms. Isobel Acquah, Project Director at The Pearl Safe Haven urged stakeholders and religious institutions to commit to help change the narrative by engaging the subject on their platforms. Ms. Acquah challenge everyone to get serious about the matter and not hind behind culture, religion, business or lack of finance.

The following sponsors supported the Australian High Commission’s intiative: Platinum Sponsors: Emirates, Geodrill, BCM International Group, Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra, Labadi Beach Hotel, Wilkins Engineering Ltd; Gold Sponsors: Newmont Ghana, African Underground Mining Services (AUMS), Enterprise Insurance and CliftonHomes.

Credits: GNA – Belinda Ayamgah | Australian High Commission, Ghana