In celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, The Hunger Project-Ghana, in light of the United Nations Secretary General’s campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women, hosted a forum at the Atuobikrom Epicenter under the theme “Orange the world,” to symbolize a brighter future without violence.
The forum, which began on Nov. 25 2015, began by inviting school children from primary and junior high schools, accompanied by teachers, to a training highlighting the devastating effects of different forms of gender-based violence such as rape, gender discrimination, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, sexual harassment, child labor and gender stereotypes in the workplace among others. The forum served as a platform to raise awareness and for students to interact with Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) animators.
In her statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says, “I believe that if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence.” Indeed, Ghana is on the path towards achieving an environment void of violence, and it is starting with the next generation of mobilizers, animators, and facilitators.
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