“Silence around gender based violence robs survivors of power”- US Ambassador to Ghana



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U.S Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan, has raised concerns about what she describes as a conspiracy of silence around sexual and gender based violence.

According to her, this silence robs survivors of their power and inhibits their socio-economic development.

She made this remark while speaking at the “Visuals for Gender Project,” The “Visuals for Gender” project seeks to visualize and use government data sets on Gender Based Violence to educate key stakeholders (civil society organizations, journalists, government officials) and inform evidence-based advocacy to influence government policy.

The theme for 2019 activism on Gender Based Violence is “Orange the World: Generational Equality Stands Against Rape.

Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan, hinted that the campaign is a call to action to all and sundry to take an active stand against rape, not just abhorrent action of rape but also the world wide culture that fosters and quietly condones it.

A culture which, according to her, does not believe at its core that women and men should be treated as equals with the same rights and opportunities.

“The conspiracy of silence around sexual and gender based violence robs survivors of their power and inhibits socio-economic development. We must use the power of strong support networks and speak up in order to bring about accountability and change,” She added.

U.S Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan says she is hopeful the momentum built during this 16 days of activism extends beyond the campaign in order to increase safe spaces for abused victims especially girls , strengthen networks, keep the conversations going and continue to make progress.

 

Ghana | Atinkaonline.com | Vivian Adu Boatemaa