16 Days of Activism WiLDAF campaigns for an end to gender-based violence

The theme of this year’s celebrations is From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!

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A circuit court judge and a Gender Advocate of Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF), Mrs Abena Oppong Adjin Doku, has called for an end to gender-based violence as the world commemorates 16 days of activism against gender violence.

Every 25th November is an International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.

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The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is a global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and its impact on a woman’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being.

 

Positioning the 16 Days Campaign from November 25th, UN International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women to 10th December, Human Rights Day rightfully stresses that gender-based violence is an international human rights violation.

Campaign against gender violence play

Campaign against gender violence

 

The theme of this year’s celebrations is From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!

Speaking to Pulse.com.gh in Accra Thursday morning, Mrs Abena Oppong said domestic violence cases are high in the country.

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According to her, there is only one domestic violence and gender-base court which handles all case relating to violence in the country which makes delivery of justice difficult.

Statistics indicates that out of about 3,000 cases of gender-based violence (GBV) sent to courts in 2013, only 7.4 per cent of the cases were convicted.

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Meanwhile, Ghana has significantly improved its ranking on the 2015 World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Index. Ghana jumped from 101 position in last year's ranking to 63rd out of the 145 countries.

See more: Ghana makes significant improvement in 2015 Global Gender Gap Index

The report ranks the ability of 145 countries to narrow the gender gap in four fundamental areas i.e  economic participation and opportunity, education attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment.

Rwanda is the only African country to be ranked in the top 10.

Ghana ranked 13th under Economic participation and opportunity.  In the area of Educational Attainment Ghana ranked 119th. Health and survival 87th and 96th for Political empowerment.

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