To mark the start of 16-Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV), U.S. Embassy Accra and Mobile Web Ghana has launched “Visuals for Gender Project,” a project made possible through a U.S. Embassy-funded grant.
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 this Year’s 16-Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) is “Orange the World: Generational Equality Stands Against Rape.
Speaking at the launch of the project, U.S Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan, explained that the campaign is a call to action to the young boys and girls as well as men and women to take active stands with respect to rape.
According to her, violence against women is as serious a cause of death and incapacity among women of reproductive age as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than traffic accidents and malaria combined.
“I would like to start my remarks with a number. 35. Thirty five percent. According to the United Nations, that is the percentage of women worldwide who say they have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, or, sexual violence by a non-partner,” she said.
Mrs Patience Ashorkor Quaye, Head of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police who presented visualized Data from the National Gender based stories urged victims of sexual based violence to speak up and report cases of abuse.
Florence Toffa, CEO of Mobile Web Ghana, a technology hub and a co-working space in Accra that empowers entrepreneurs and the youth through mobile and web technology training also recounted how her team got a class of about 100 students to speak about sexual violence meted unto them after one of them took the bold step of
In December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 54/134, proclaiming November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW).
IDEVAW is the official start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), which continues until Human Rights Day on December 10.
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