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Ghana and EU support the "16 days of Activism - UNiTE to end violence against women"-campaign

25.11.2015  22:24

25 November: On the occasion of the 'International Day on the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children', the European Union in Ghana (EU) including Member States such as Denmark, the United Nations (UN), the High Commission of Canada and partners from  Civil Society launched today the Ghana-EU initiative to support the global campaign dubbed "16 days of Activism - Orange the World, end violence against women and girls", at a Community Durbar in Ada, Ada East District. The campaign is on from 25 November to 10 December, 2015. The Community Durbar was also attended by officials of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection of Ghana.  Together, the partners presented to the communities approaches to preventing violence. This will be followed by a range of initiatives across the country involving local authorities, schools and the media.


In a keynote address, the Deputy Minister, Hon. John Alexander Ackon, on behalf of the Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, Hon. Nana Oye Lithur, presented the latest initiatives undertaken by the government to end gender-based violence. Ghana has been involved with the international community in the preparation of the Sustainable Development Agenda replacing the Millennium Development Goals. For the first time, the agenda includes specific targets and indicators on ending violence against women. Ghana adopted a Domestic Violence Act (Act 732) in 2007, but the continued prevalence of violence against women and children is still a source of concern.


Read the whole press release here


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