Gender-based violence campaign launched in Accra

Ms. Malonin Asibi launching the  Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

Ms. Malonin Asibi launching the Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

The 16 days of activism against sexual and gender-based violence has been launched in Accra yesterday with a call on stakeholders to end domestic violence against women and girls in the country.

The campaign which scheduled for November 25 to December 10 is aimed at raising public awareness and mobilising people to ensure that women and girls were protected from all forms of abuse.

The programme which was on the theme: ‘Orange the World:#HearMeToo’ brought together representatives from the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU), women activists, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) among others.

The acting Executive Secretary of the Domestic Violence at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MOGCSP), Ms Malonin Asibi who launched the campaign noted that violence robbed women and girls of their dignity, rights and livelihoods.

She said the consequences were huge and had effects not only on the victims but the nation in its agenda for development.

Ms. Asibi indicated that the campaign would build on existing awareness and strengthen networking and partnerships to change stereotyped mindsets about gender-based violence in the society.

“I see this as a reawakening call that societies are increasingly becoming unsafe and there are some hidden voices that have been neglected for decades,” she stated.

The DOVVSU Co-ordinator of the Madina Divisional Police Command, Superintendent Sophia Eva Ennim, in her remarks lamented on the refusal by victims to pursue cases at courts, adding that such negative practices affected proceedings at the courts and left suspects off the hook.

Supt. Ennim stated that 307 rape and 790 defilement cases were reported across the country, adding that six convictions were made for the rape and 75 convictions for defilement.

The UNICEF representative for Ghana, Ms. Anne-Claire Dufay, said there was an alarming rate of violence against women and girls in the country despite the growing awareness stressing the need to seek measures in addressing the situation.

She urged men to support women and girls and protect them to ensure zero tolerance of violence.

Dr. Elizabeth Asante, a researcher at the Institute of Statistical Social Economic Research in her presentation on the theme, ‘Domestic violence in Ghana, incidence, attitudes, determinates and consequences’ said 71.5 per cent of women and 71.4 per cent of men are reported to have had at least one form of violence over a lifetime.

She indicated that low asset levels were strong determinants of psychological and economic violence among women but high asset levels associated with higher levels of social and sexual violence among men.

Dr Asante explained that women who experienced economic violence were 94 per cent and were more likely to suffer from mental illness than women who did not experience it.

As part of the programme line-up there would be regional campaigns across the regions, radio and television talk shows, marking of disability day, quiz competition and a durbar.

BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI & ALLIA NOSHIE

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