The United Nations in Ghana on Monday called on all stakeholders to stand in solidarity with survivors of gender-based violence and support grassroots activists and women’s human rights defenders in their work to end the scourge.
In a release issued in Accra at the start of this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence Campaign, the UN said violence against women has become a major barrier to women in being able to enjoy their rights and freedoms on a basis of equality with men.
It said violence and the threat of violence has also become a barrier to girls staying in school, and lower education achievement diminishes their own long-term livelihoods and reduces overall economic productivity.
As Ghana observes the 16 Days of Activism of against Gender-Based Violence, the UN calls on civil society organizations, development partners, private sector institutions and individuals to advocate for an end to gender-based violence at work, at school, at home, and in traditional settings.
“We are committed to sustaining partnerships with all stakeholders in Ghana to bring about an end to all forms of violence against women and girls, including physical, emotional and sexual violence,” the UN Resident Coordinator, Christine Evans-Klock said.
“This includes strengthening legal sanctions and consequences, implementing policies, supporting public education campaigns, and bolstering the advocacy efforts of cultural leaders, educators, and community-based organizations.” the official said.
The 16 days of activism against gender-based violence is an international campaign that starts on Nov. 25, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on the International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10. Enditem