CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour has expressed disappointment in the press and people of Ghana for condemning socialite Moesha Boduong for her recent comments about Ghanaian women and the chance of survival on CNN’s new original series “Sex & Love Around The World.”
The journalist in an article titled Amanpour: Women everywhere should be able to speak freely about sex and love stated it is quite distressing that Moesha Boduong” has been the target of public shaming by the Ghanaian press and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection”.
That is what we did, with help from the many wonderful Ghanaians who participated in this beautiful story. It was a range of women, young and mature, single, married, divorced, widowed, Christian, Muslim, Vodun, a bead seller, an OBGYN, even a market queen: Everyone acknowledged that love in Accra is complex but no one judged the choices another woman makes in the pursuit of love and happiness.
And in this city that calls itself the most religious in the world, we spoke to men, too, including the Archbishop of the Action Chapel megachurch who told us “We don’t put women down in our society. We don’t do that. I’m surrounded by women. The success of my ministry, many, many ways I can equate it to the women around me.”
Christiane Amanpour urged her colleagues in the Ghanaian press “to reserve judgment for the whole episode, and for the people to understand that all must be seen in context, not judged on one excerpt.”
She also urged the President of Ghana, “and the minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection to stand up for the rights of one of their own who was simply enjoying a carefree, boisterous and mostly humorous conversation with me.”
She said the “series was meant to look at sex and love from the perspective of women who have not always been heard — and frankly, who have not always been asked these types of questions.”
In the said article, Christiane Amanpour states she feels “compelled to speak up on behalf of our contributor. I want people to recognize Moesha’s right to speak up and the courage she showed by sharing such intimate details about her personal life.
As a woman and a journalist, I’m hurt and angry to see such an innocent woman condemned by the press and by many people on social mediain this way. It’s to the point that Moesha is not sure she can return to Ghana safely.
I am so surprised to see this happening in Accra, a city that has rightly got so much attention recently for being one of the most economically and politically successful capitals in Africa. Indeed I was heartened while I was in Accra, listening to a speech by the President himself, defending the rights of the free press to report fully, accurately and fairly.