Mediators across Ghana have been urged to brace themselves for a multitude of disputes as a result of economic difficulties emanating from reduced external support for the national economy due to LGBTQ+ factors.
Ghana’s resistance to legally recognize the LGBTQ+ practice is causing a host of countries and donors that support the controversial phenomenon to withhold support, usually advanced to cushion the national budget and other economic interventions.
According to Mr. Austin Gamey, a renowned labour relations management and Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) expert, the rippling effect of the expected economic challenges, would result in disputes across all sectors.
“Let’s brace ourselves to engage in resolving more disputes from next year because the challenges are already showing,” he said.
Apart from the economic and business sectors, he said the LGBTQ+ menace will also create many disputes in the social sector, which would require the proactive intervention of mediators.
Addressing the closing session of the 2021 class of Professional Executive Master of ADR of the Gamey and Gamey Group at Tema on Saturday, Mr. Gamey encouraged mediators, and ADR practitioners in general, to be professional and impartial in handling cases relating to LGBTQ+.
In addition, he urged mediators to set up more mediation centres across the country to enhance access to mediation services to members of the public who are being encouraged to use ADR to settle disputes rather than resort to the courts.
Twenty-nine professionals from various backgrounds ended the 2021 PEM.ADR session after spending six months undergoing advanced ADR training, which was characterized by simulation exercises and skills development in various specialized areas.