16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2020

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Violence against women and girls is not a new phenomenon. Globally, 1 in 3 women has experienced one form of violence (World Health Organisation). From 25th November to 10th December every year, there is a global campaign to challenge violence meted out to women and girls. This year’s theme was “ORANGE THE WORLD: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”.

As part of the activities to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre (GSHRDC) with support from African Women’s Development Fund, Amplify Change, NORAD (through Masimanyane Women’s Right International and CIDA Ghana embarked on a series of activities to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts and share knowledge on preventing violence against women and girls.  These activities took place in project communities in Agona Otwekrom, Ada East, Kintampo, Nkoranza, Wenchi and Greater Accra from 30th November to 10th December 2020.

Objectives

  • To increase knowledge on violence and its impacts
  • To sensitise communities on prevention and responding to violence
  • To seek commitment of all stakeholders to address issues of violence
  • To encourage communities to report cases of violence to State Agencies
  • To bring together stakeholders working in the field of gender-based violence (GBV) to discuss and share ideas on the year’s thematic areas
  • To find innovate ways of working together to fight GBV.

Outcomes

  • Participants increased their knowledge on violence, its impacts, ways to respond to and prevent violence.
  • Participants understood the importance of reporting cases of violence to State Agencies rather than settling such cases at home
  • Busunya and Babatokuma communities accepted to set up a ‘Gender Fund’ that will help support victims of violence especially rape victims in the communities.
  • Participants suggested innovative ways to fight Gender-Based Violence