The Minister for Gender and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, over the weekend urged girls not to “attract” rape by wearing provocative clothing to the outrage of some Ghanaians.

During her opening address as the Co-Chairperson at the 90th anniversary and Speech and prize giving day for Krobo Girls Presbyterian Senior School, Madam Djaba intimated that girls’ wearing short dresses could attract a rapist.

“In conclusion, I want to say to you, be bold, be confident, be respectful. If you wear a short dress, it’s fashionable but, know that it can attract somebody who would want to rape or defile you. You must be responsible for the choices you make,” she said.

Madam Djaba also had some words for teachers who sexually assaulted girls saying “…it is an abuse of their rights and you are their role model you must not be the one to abuse the rights of the young girls,” she stated.

But her correlation between rape and girls’ dressing rubbed some Ghanaians the wrong way with many taking to social media to express their displeasure with the Gender Minister with a number of them questioning her logic and others accusing her of victim blaming and shaming.

Some have called on the president to remove her from her position as her comments suggest women are responsible for preventing rape, which they consider a crime borne out of violence and power.

This is would not the first time the minister has provoked the ire of the public. Recently, her delay in condemning the violent sexual attack on a woman suspected in Kumasi also angered many.

source: citifm


  1. i agree perfectly to what madam minister said. the bible tells us that there are certain parts of the body that attract men and women to each other when exposed for which reason we are to put on clothes in fear of the Lord. my fellow ghanaians we should not forget that the bible and quoran describes those who put on indecent dresses as prostitutes. therefore brothers avoid women who dress indecently.the body and the soul work hand-in-hand which means that anybody who naked herself or himself is naked in spirit and cannot stay with one woman or man. remember sometime in biblical david’s life the soul was not in tune with his body so he asked,”my soul why are troubled in me ” to defend my point that the body works hand-in -hand with the soul. for this reason i see any man who in love relationship with a woman that dresses indecently as not normal.

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