One key element of Gender Centre’s ReWoSHA (Reducing Women’s Susceptibility to HIV infection as a result of Gender Inequality in Ghana”)  project is the development of a Coalition of NGOs working towards the development of a gender responsive HIV and AIDS National Strategic Plan in Ghana.  As part of efforts to build the capacity of Coalition members, a 5-day training workshop on Gender based violence in the Context of HIV/AIDS was held for members on 5-10 December 2010 at the Valley View Unitverity’s Women Training Centre, Oyibi.  Gender Centre organised and facilitated the workshop.  The key objectives of the workshop were:

  • To provide factual information from the Gender Centre research, about Violence Against Women in Ghana.
  • To examine the wider socio-cultural attitudes, values and structures within which violence occurs and
  • To facilitate participants’ understanding of the impact of violence on women living with abuse.

The workshop was facilitated by staff from the Gender Centre; Margaret Brew Ward, Esther Darko Mensah and Nicholina Andoh.

The workshop was attended by 30 participants (23 women and 7 men) drawn from various NGOs and the DOVVSSU of the police service in the Greater Accra, Volta, Eastern Western, Central and Upper West Regions of Ghana.



Various methodologies were adopted in the conduct of the workshop sessions.  These included lectures, analysis of case studies and group work.   Topics covered  included Gender, Sex, Violence and HIV and AIDS.

ARRIVAL : Sunday December 5, 2010

Participants started arriving at the training centre after 5pm and registered for their individual rooms. Dinner was served at 7pm when most of the participants had arrived.

DAY 1- Monday December 6, 2010

Training started at around 8:30am after participants had taken their breakfast.

Each participant was given a file containing; Gender Centre’s Information Pack, a note pad, a pen, a programme of activities for the training, a pretest questionnaire and the book-“A Guide to Developing a Community Response to Violence against Women” by Dorcas Coker-Appiah.

The training began with an Introduction Exercise in which participants were paired to get to know each other, after which they each introduced their partners to the whole group.  Margaret Brew-Ward took the Participants through the goals and objectives of the Training. Participants were made to write and paste their fears and expectations on the wall. Esther Darko-Mensah took them through it.

Rules and regulations were also set by the participants to govern their conduct during the training

Class leaders were appointed and there was an open discussion on issues of concern to the participants including meals for those with special dietary requirements.

The real training itself started after the snack break. Topics treated were; Violence: its definitions, perspectives and causes, Gender messaging, roles, biological versus gender, stepping out of roles and the social construction of Gender.

The day’s training ended at around 5pm when participants went for dinner.


DAY 2- Tuesday December 7, 2010

There was a recap of the previous Day’s training before the day’s training was started. Topics treated were; Gender roles and stereotypes and Violence (Its root causes).


DAY 3-Wednesday December 8th, 2010

After a review of the previous day, the training on Violence continued. It’s analysis, types and profiles, effects, impacts on children and Understanding Violence and responding to it.


DAY 4 Thursday December 9th, 2010

After the usual recap of the previous Day’s Training, the floor was given to Madam Gladys Tetteh Yeboah, Health, HIV and Nutrition Specialist of World Vision International, who was the main facilitator for the Day. She took the participants through Basic facts about HIV and AIDS, STI/STD’s transmission. She also gave participants some exercises including a role play on how the HIV Virus attacks the Human Immune System.

Margaret Brew-Ward and Esther Darko-Mensah also took the participants through the findings of Gender Centre on Gender Norms, Violence and HIV and AIDS and how they are linked; and also, Dealing with Stigma and Gender Norms.


DAY 5 Friday December 10th, 2010

There was a Closing Ceremony during which Participants received Certificates of Participation. Invited guests were Mrs Dorcas Coker Appiah, the Executive Director of Gender Centre, Mrs Angela Dwamena-Aboagye, the Executive Director of Ark Foundation and Madam Betty Akumatey of University of Ghana Sociology Department. Representatives from Daily Guide and Spectator newspapers were also there to take coverage of the Ceremony. The programme ended around 12noon and the participants started departing  after lunch.


Comments from  Participants

At the end of the training, participants were asked to describe the training in “one word” and these were their words:

*Very   good      *Interactive   *Practical     *Fabulous *Exciting *Recommendable *Fruitful

*Eye opener  *Satisfying   *Excellent    *Fantastic *Monitored and Documented *Educative

*Enlightening   * Succulent     *Socializing * totally bombastic, etc




Name of Participant

Name Of Organization Telephone Number Email Address
1. Grace Achisah Afram Plains Dev’t Organization-E/R 020 9004289


2. Daniel Azoni Sampana Foundation Builders-C/R 024 4426580/024 4766508 danwalycgh81@yahoo.com


3.Nicholina Barbuelis   Andoh Gender Centre 0244138030 nichbarbs@yahoo.com
4. Rosina Akrofi Oici- G/R 024 4655184 rakrofi67@yahoo.co.uk


5. Rev. Akushika Quarshie Vri Ministry- G/R 024 4046481 vorim@yahoo.com


6. Grace Adjowa Arthur Youth Involvement Foundation-G/R 054 1102774 youthinvolve@gmail.com


7. Godwin Gladson Delase Ampony Epdra- V/R 024 2204566 gladsonamp@yahoo.com
8. Suzzy Venunye Ebledzi Kabor Foundation-V/R 026 7371006 kaborghana@yahoo.com


9. Gbodzi Vida Global Action 4 Women Emp’t-V/R 024 4655386/ 020 8413889 glowa_ghana@yahoo.com


10. Regina A. M. Coffie Girls Education Unit (Ges) – V/R 020 8885675/ 024 4713861 rgncoffie@yahoo.com







026 6785098




12. Adeyemo Raphael


Jesse M. Rhode Foundation – E/R 024 6203115/ 0246203115 pashi54@yahoo.com


13. Angela Amaki Adusu Drama Network- E/R 0343 020661 amaki1981@yahoo.com


14. Abudu Imoro Afro Global Alliance- G/R 024 2611341 imoroabudu@yahoo.com


15. Owusu Sekyere Portia


Dovvsu, Koforidua 0545111517  
16. Reginald Yeboah Tetteh Comm. & Family Aid Foundation- G/R 020 8555165 reggietotle@yahoo.com


17. Mrs Joyce Nuekie Nunoo Ges, Doryimu-Dangme West 027 4413903  


18. Daniel Nargei Odortor Fida Para Legal,Dangme West 024 4854915  


19. Emily Amerdjoe Dangme East 020 7428715  


20. Grace Nana Siah Ampoe Paralegal Association, Dangme East 027 7820446  


21. Peace Kuma Dovvsu, Dodowa, Dangme West 024 3238879  


22. Millicent Owiredu Dovvsu, Dodowa, Dangme West 020 7395033




23. Grace Amissah Dovvsu, Ada 0243051100  


24. Nana Adwoa Ampomah Nettey Prolink-Accra 0244080320  
25. Patience Esi Mejom Prolink-Kedjebi 0246185973  


26. Lucy Asantewaa Rural Watch, Koforidua 0243005543  


27. Umuhani Kassim Amasachina-Wa 0206429056  


28. Amamata Mumuni Amasachina – Wa 0243185203  


29. Beatrice Asare The Ark Foundation, Accra 0302511610  


30. Winfried Daniel Donkor Women Emancipation And Survival Foundation (Womsef), Kete-Krachi 0244170165  


Lessons Learnt

  • Collaboration with Churches is crucial: VAW is still an issue and churches need such training programmes to enable them deal with it effectively.
  • Networking with DOVVSU to build capacity will provide support to a wide range of people.



  • When selecting a venue we should be mindful of ventilation
  • Accessibility should be considered especially where there will closing ceremony which other persons will be invited.
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