- A gender advocacy group is calling for legal action after a restaurant's 'bouncer' physically assaulted a customer, Portia Asantewa Duah
- AWMA wants Kona to issue policy for dealing with violence in their workplace
The Alliance for Women in the Media Africa (AWMA) has issued a statement praying government to initiate strong policies that ensure that the rights of workers, especially women, are always protected at their workplaces.
The advocacy group particularly made a plea to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection as well as the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations.
Their call comes after a series of unwarranted attacks on two females at their food joints - a trend which the AWMA believes may continue if strong policies are not put in place.
The letter cited the February incident at food joint mawarko, where a lady worker's face was dipped into hot pepper by her supervisor, saying the ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, and the ministry of Employment and Labour Relations could have done much more than it did for the victim when the matter came to light.
The AWMA also referred to a recent case involving a lady who was slapped twice in the face by a bouncer at Kona Bar and Grill in Osu, as enough proof that violence against women was on the rise and policies must be put in place to stop it.
Sections of the letter which was copied to the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Otiko Djaba, minister of Employment and Labour Relations Ignatious Baffour Awuah and the owners of Kona Bar and Grill reads: "We seek to engage this Establishment and these two Ministries in specifically addressing this issue of violence against women in the workplace in Ghana. Women continue to dominate as the majority victims of all forms of violence whilst men dominate as the majority of perpetrators of violence, according to statistics from the DOVVSU."
It adds that "This letter is a call to action. The action required is policy addressing violence against women in the workplace. We make this call as an advocacy organization that engages issues impacting women and empowers them using the influence, reach and power of Media.
"Our call to action is specific, focused and public. We call for Policy within workplaces - all restaurants, bars, cafes and eateries - regarding violence against women."
The AMWA is therefore demanding the following from the aforementioned ministries and institution:
Written policy from the Establishment on violence against women in the workplace
Policy must include sanctions, consequences & orientation where violence against women occurs by male employees
Implementation of policy
Public statement from the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations regarding eateries, restaurant and bars having such policy, among others.
This, the AWMA believes will help build "stronger workplace institutions that respect women".
The AWMA is a communications advocacy group, with over 150 members currently.