I am a Ghanaian and lives in Ghana. I am the third born of a family of seven but the first girl among three girls and four boys.Both parents are still alive and very healthy. I was born and bread in the northern part of Ghana where polygamy is a common and acceptable practice and also where the tradition of the people teaches that men are superior to women and that women are supposed to be obedient to their husbands no matter what. So for Bendoweh Foundation to come out with an initiative to break the cycle of partner abuse and to support abused women makes the people of the area think that one is just out to teach their women or wives to be disrespectful and this is the biggest challenge.
So this has made the women very scared to talk about all the abuses they go through in their relationships because they think if they do, they will be tagged as "bad wives". So they try very hard to bear the unbearable and so end up suffering terribly the consequences (the effects) since abuse is not a respecter of persons. So the Bendoweh Foundation wants to break through this and is discussing this subject in schools and in some communities already. The Foundation is hoping that through this public speeches, victims will be able to come out and talk about it and also be able to give help to others also experiencing the same thing.
The foundation will like to continue with the education, awareness creation, training and the counseling of victims and couples and also be able to extend it to more schools and communities and make fellow ups as well. This actually supports or helps the youth, both in school and out of school, couples and victims of abuse.This requires funding to get a well furnished office space outside my home with laptops,printer, photocopier and stationary and to carry out activities in the communities. Having our own vehicle too will be better and cheaper for us. I would need more training and training materials in this area and more networking or exposer.
This Foundation is born out of crisis from my own marriage. so I want to able to help other abused victims survive and be able to accomplish their life purpose and also break the cycle of abuse.
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