Ghana launches campaign against gender violence

Ghana launches campaign against gender violence

Ghana launches campaign against gender violence

Violence against women and girls is one of the most pressing social issues across the world. "Intimate partner abuse, workplace sexual harassment, sexist jokes and even sexual assaults are played down and minimized".

"The idea behind it is to make people aware of the pandemic we have in the world against women, the violence that exists against women every day", Maria Noel Vaeza, Program Division Director for U.N. Women said.

Eliminating violence against women not only ensures that a basic human right is respected, but also empowers women to lead their lives and reach their full potential. The employment rate for women aged 25-64 has increased from about 63 per cent 10 years ago to 72 per cent last year. According to the United Nations, violence against women and girls across most countries include physical, sexual and psychological forms.

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"Violence against women and children is preventable through strengthened awareness, government funding, strict implementation of existing laws and enhanced inter-agency coordination, both at the domestic and worldwide level", she added.

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Our government remains committed to ending violence against anyone based on their gender, gender expression and/or gender identity.

Recent reports of violence against and sexual harassment of women in some countries have sparked a global outcry, including many reports and commentaries. To achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, more vigorous efforts are required, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms.

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Recalling the National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan, the United Nations recommitted itself to support efforts by Afghan institutions and civil society to empower women and girls, and to promote the protection of their right to be free from fear, intimidation and all forms of violence.

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