Former First lady Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings has charged women to register their customary marriages.
This she said will serve as insurance to avoid being maltreated by their late husbands’ relatives.
The former first lady made the comment at the Gender Ministry’s dialogue as it reflects on 30 years after the passing of the Intestate succession law also known as PNDC Law 111 to mark International Womens Day in Accra.
The International Women’s Day is a day set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world.
The Ministry is using the day to mobilize support for the revised intestate bill to protect the fundamental human rights of widows violated after the death of their spouse.
In support, Nana Konadu said the revised bill will ensure those who maltreat widows face the full rigours of the law.
She bemoaned how children of widows have dropped out of school, many denied access to the farmlands of their late husbands and forced re-marriages of majority of them to their late husbands’ relatives.
Nana Konadu also stressed the need for traditional rulers to embark upon vigorous campaigns in their respective communities to stop the practice.