16 Days of Activism against SGBV camping launched

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The launch the 16 Days of Activism against SGBV camping at Osu
The launch the 16 Days of Activism against SGBV camping at Osu

According to UN Women, one in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence, and only 40 percent seek help of any sort afterwards.

The annual international campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” aims to raise awareness on gender-based violence and calls for individuals and organizations around the world to unite for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

The campaign runs from 25 November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. This year’s theme for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!”

Speaking at the launch in Accra, UNFPA’s Country Director Mr. Niyi Ojuolape, noted that, ending SGBV and harmful practices is one of the three transformative goals the UNFPA pursues with an acute, dedicated focus.

According to him, sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) against women and young girls has been allowed to escalate to epidemic proportions. Emphasizing that, “today, one in three women worldwide experience gender-based violence, suffering the stigma while offenders commit these acts with impunity.”

Mr. Ojuolape, disclosed that, “In Ghana, approximately 94% of children between the ages of one and fourteen are said to have experienced one form of gender-based violence (MoGCSP 2018). Over 48% of Ghanaian women and girls have been sexually abused.

Globally, the situation is similarly dire. A 2018 report estimated that 650 million women and girls in the world today are married before the age of eighteen. In West and Central Africa, where this harmful practice remains rampant, approximately four out of ten young women are married before the age of eighteen.

This situation inhibits a girl’s potential and leads to additional issues such as interruption of education, isolation, and early pregnancy. All these factors increase the risk of women and girls experiencing domestic violence.”

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