Ghana’s renowned and multi-award winning film maker, Mr Kwaw Ansah has taken a swipe at some cultural practices that violate the rights of women in our Ghanaian societies with a call on civil society to address these menace.
“Love Brewed in the African Pot” and “The Heritage Africa” author made this remark at the first University of Cape Coast Faculty of Arts colloquium at the School of Medical Sciences (SMS) auditorium on Tuesday, March.24, 2014 in the University of Cape Coast.
The Executive Chairman, Film Africa and TV Africa Limited maintained that cultural practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Witches Camps are still endemic in the Ghanaian society which dehumanizes women, and therefore it is about time society stood against such practices.
He questioned why only older and poverty-stricken women are often accused of being witches, and why we do not have wizards camp as well since men are also potential wizards.
Mr. Kwaw Ansah recounted how our forefathers protected our natural inhabitant such as water bodies and tree, and how preventive medicine was at the heart of healthcare delivery, questioning why we think we are becoming more civilized, yet galamsey, water pollution and air pollution are destroying and swiping away million lives.
He called on society to fine tune the positive side of our culture especially in the area of healthcare and blends it with the orthodox medicines
He however, condemned the attitudes of some healthcare professional who see themselves as a “demi-god” in their relation to patients.
The three-day colloquium which was on the theme “Communication, Culture and Health” was chaired by Professor Dora Edu-Boandoh, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and was massively participated by lecturers, students and the general public.
Story by: Abdul-Karim Mohammed Awaf(Fayar)