A prominent communications professor in Ghana has joined a list of influential lawyers and academics kicking against a bill that seeks to discourage LGBT+ activities in the country.
Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, a former Dean of the School of Information and Communication studies at the University of Ghana, has said the anti-gay bill will promote witch hunting of minorities in the country.
Speaking on a current affairs programme on Tuesday, Professor Audrey Gadzekpo explained that the bill, titled ‘Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill (2021)’, obstructs the protection of human rights of the citizens.
She wants Ghana's Parliament to refrain from passing the bill because many of the proposed clauses flout the Constitution.
"We think that the bill has no place in the 21st century. We think that the bill is inimical to our constitution. We think the bill promotes witch hunting. We think that parliament of all places should not be introducing a bill like this," she told Citi TV's Face-to-Face.
Professor Audrey Gadzekpo’s views on the bill resonate with those of the high-profile personalities and academicians who are opposing its passage.
Professor Kofi Gyimah-Boadi, Dr. Rose Kutin-Mensah, Professor H. Kwasi Prempeh, Professor Kwame KariKari, Akoto Ampaw and Professor Raymond Atuguba among the influential Ghanaians who say the bill presents an impermissible invasion of the inviolability and human dignity of the LGBTQ community.
The anti-gay bill was led by the Member of Parliament for the Ningo Prampram constituency, Sam George and six other members of Parliament to criminalise the activities of gays and lesbianism in Ghana.