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GENDER CENTRE CELEBRATES 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December)

 

Gender Centre marked the event in Akplabanya, in the Dangme East and Doryumu in the Dangme West  Districts of the Greater Accra Region with two separate durbars under the theme, “REDUCING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: The role of the Community”.

 

The events were amply attended by community members, officers of state agencies like DOVVSSU, Department of Social Welfare, Ghana Health Service as well as school teachers and pupils from the communities.  Apart from speeches and remarks presented by the various stakeholders including the traditional authorities, the communities organised dramas on Domestic Violence and Sexual abuse during the durbars and these were followed by open fora during which issues from the drama were discussed.

 

Representatives from the Department Social Welfare and DOVVSU were also present and they spoke to the gathering about their work and the services they have available.  Nurses from the Ghana Health Service were also there to provide HIV counseling and testing services.

 

In the Eastern Region, with our partner Rural Watch, we organized a forum at the Ascencion Hall of the Presbyterian Church at Koforidua. Among the speakers were Catherine Klirodotakou (Senior Programmes Officer at WOMANKIND Worldwide – UK) and D.S.P. Eunice Annor (in charge of DOVVSU-Eastern Region).

 

In the Volta Region, we supported Pro-link to mark the day in Papase/Kadjebi with a clean up exercise and a route march to draw attention to violence against women and HIV and AIDs. The march ended at the District Assembly office where women submitted a petition to the District Chief Executive, on the following demands among others:

                                                                                         

  1. Government should facilitate broad- based community participation on issues of gender based violence

 

  1. District Assembly should implement the  Beijing platform of action at the district level meaning it should give equal opportunities to male and female in its administration

 

  1. District Assembly should organise  a shelter for displaced survivors of with HIV and AIDS and orphans in the district under NHIS

The District Chief Executive (DCE) received the petition which he found appropriate and timely. He said there the need for women to engage in income generating activities to support their spouse in the up keep of the home to avoid dependency which can lead to domestic abuses.  He further indicated that MASLOC has made some funds available to assist small business in the district and encouraged the women to form co-operative groups and apply for consideration.

 

In the Ashanti region, Gender and WHF embarked on sensitization and education activities in  two communities (Mpatsie and Daekrom) in the Atwima Kwanwoma District to bring to the fore the devastating effects of conflict and war on women and the need for peace. The occasion was also used to draw attention to the devastating effects of conflict and war in our society which women bore most of the brunt.  The event was heavily attended by local chiefs and their elders, women, men and children in the communities as well as adjoining ones.

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