Ghana’s Minister for Gender and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa-Djaba, in November 2017 stated that the government was making headway in its fight against FGM.
The Ghana News Agency (GNA), in 2013, reported an increase in cases of the practice even though the practice has been criminalized in Ghana by Act 484 in 1994.
According to the GNA, a UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster (MICS) puts “FGM at 3.8 per cent for women between 15 to 49 years and four per cent for the most recent survey of 2011.”
The current Gender Minister has, however, blamed the situation on cross-border migration. She added that the government of Ghana is ensuring that perpetrators of FGM are made to face the law, adding that support systems have been put in place for victims.
“After condemning and criminalizing it, we support and put in services in the communities for sensitization, for counselling, and how we can abandon the practices,” she said.