Free World Foundation welcomes the recall and subsequent retiring of Ghana’s ambassador to Brazil, Mr. Samuel Kofi Dadey for allegedly harassing Madam Helen Adewonuola sexually. Indeed the allege act if proven to be true would amount to a violation of her fundamental human rights and would seriously dent the good image of Ghana in the eyes of the international community.
Sex is an act that must take place between two consenting adults in an appropriate manner and place. The allegations recounted by Madam Adewonuola on Adom FM’s “Dwaso Nsem” on Friday, October 22, 2010 were very damning.
Diplomats are the embodiment of the values and principles held by their home countries and are expected to be worthy ambassadors of these values and principles.
Free World Foundation commends His Excellency; President J.E.A Mills for taking a very bold deceision to protect the good image Ghana has in the international community by recalling and subsequently retiring Mr. Dadey who has been described by the Foreign Minister as one of the hardworking Ghanaian envoys. We hope this is just the beginning of a full scale investigation into what allegedly happened between Mr. Dadey and his private Secretary, Madam Adewonuola.
Whilst not completely discounting the possibility of a set-up, Free World Foundation would like to commend Madam Adewonuola for her courage to report the allege actions of Mr. Dadey. Although it is better late than never, we would have wished that she reported her allege harassment after the first incident. Her failure to do so gives credence to the fact that as a society, we have got a long way to go in respect of women empowerment and fighting the stigma associated with sexual harassment.
Evidence abounds of several women being harassed sexually on a daily basis at their work places and schools but who cannot report their ordeals because of the fear of losing their daily bread and the stigma that comes with it.
Finally, Free World Foundation is calling on all women who may be undergoing similar ordeals to muster the courage and expose the perpetrators, as sexual harassment is a violation of their fundamental human rights.