Worrying trend Gender parity in schools being hampered by violence - Oye Lithur

She said recent statistics from Plan International indicated that “246 million boys and girls suffer school related violence every year.

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Nana Oye Lithur, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection play

Nana Oye Lithur, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection

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The Minister of Gender Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur has expressed worry over school-related gender based violence which continues to affect the country's progress in attaining gender parity in the education sector.

Speaking at the launch of sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence in Accra, Nana Oye Lithur explained that school-related gender based violence affects millions of children and adolescents worldwide.

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She said recent statistics from Plan International indicated that “246 million boys and girls suffer school related violence every year.

The Minister has therefore called on all “school heads, teachers and parents to help address the problem of school related gender based violence in Ghana.”

Acting Director of DOVVSU, ACP Habiba Twumasi Sarpong has also asked all who face any form of violence to report to the appropriate stakeholders for action to be taken.

“This fight is sometimes made more demanding because people usually refuse to seek help and support in such occurrences let alone reporting them to the appropriate quarters,” she added.

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On his part, ACP Twumasi Sarpong assured of the Unit’s readiness to assist victims of human right abuse and ensure that culprits of such acts are prosecuted.

The sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence campaign which begins on November 25, is to educate the public on gender-based violence and human rights in all spheres of life.

The campaign which ends on December 10, (International Human rights Day) aims at raising awareness  about gender-based violence which is a human rights violation.

This year’s campaign is themed “From peace in the home to peace in the world: make education safe for all”.

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