As Ghana sets up to mark the 1st anniversary of the June 3rd Flood and Fire Disaster, ActionAid Ghana wishes to urge government and relevant stakeholders to invest in pro-poor initiatives and enforce the promotion of the rights of people living in poverty.
ActionAid Ghana’s Board Member, Hilary Gbedemah, has been nominated by Ghana’s President, John Dramani Mahama to serve on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
IWD – Stepping up Gender Equality for Ghana’s Sustainable Development
Awal Meri and Kande Ibrahim are smallholder farmers who are learning Climate Resilient Sustainable Agricultural practices
On March 08 every year, the United Nations and its partners in the global community celebrate the International Women’s Day (IWD), a day specially set aside to recognise and celebrate the social, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. The Day also provides the opportunity to highlight the many cultural and social impediments that challenge programmes being pursued to promote gender equality.
Our attention has been drawn to a publication in the November 17, 2015 edition of the Daily Graphic, regarding witchcraft accusations in Ghana and the disbandment of witch camps in the Northern Region. In the article, the writer, Leo Igwe, asserted that the closure of the Bonyasi Witch Camp was “a step in the wrong direction and would endanger the lives of the victims of the accusation and further complicate efforts to tackle this cultural scourge.” He adds that “The pervasive belief in Ghana that people can harm others through witchcraft is the elephant in the room that has to be called out, not safe places which alleged witches flee to.” In the end, he calls on the government to focus on shutting down witchcraft accusation, not the camps.
In 2014, the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) recorded 17,655 cases of domestic violence.
In that same year, 1,296 girls were defiled and an additional 335 women raped. According to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, about 27% of women in Ghana have faced sexual abuse in their lifetime.
International figures on domestic violence are equally as alarming.
Logo for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based campaign
Women between the ages of 15-44 are more at the risk of domestic violence and rape than of cancer, malaria, war, and car accidents, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)
UN Women adds that national studies indicate about 70% of women experience one form of sexual or physical violence from an intimate partner, with an estimated 38% of murders of women carried out by an intimate partner.
Physical and sexual violence against women and girls in Ghana is widespread
In 2014, the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) recorded 17,655 cases.
In that same year, 1,296 girls were defiled and additional 335 women were raped with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection adding that about 27% of women in Ghana have faced sexual abuse in their lifetime.
Violence against women is a global phenomenon that hampers the attainment of equality and human rights for women across the world.
Participants engage in a hands-on computer skills training at the Young Urban Women Resource Centre, Tamale
Women’s empowerment is a key factor in determining success of development. Studies aptly indicate that women are suffering from various problems due to lack of education and information. The right information at the right time can empower marginalized women and protect them from several challenges. A number of ICT tools such as radio, television, mobile phone and the internet are used to empower women about awareness, education and information, as this knowledge can create more opportunities.
… How Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture (CRSA) can make the difference
Women farmers in northern Ghana taken through the tit-bits of compost-making
Almost a decade ago, Ghana became the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to halve extreme poverty. Parts of the population living below the national poverty line was cut down from 36.5% to 18.2% between 1991 and 2006.
A member of Young Female Parliament (YFP) gives a speech
Sunday, 11th October, 2015, was International Day of the Girl Child, a day observed around the world to celebrate the girl child and highlight the various challenges that assail their development and progress, thereby preventing them from enjoying their rights as full and creative human beings. On this day, efforts are also made to provide new ways, measures and programmes that may be pursued to tackle these problems and challenges.
In Ghana, unpaid care work such as domestic chores, child care, etc. is a serious problem that creates a disproportionate amount of domestic work for women and girls. These activities often prevent women from fully pursuing educational and employment opportunities, hindering not only personal growth, but national development as well. At ActionAid, we empower women, and put power in the hands of women who then use the opportunity to take charge of their own financial decisions, and pursue the educational opportunities that are available to them. Doing so often allows them to enter the formal work force in order to engage in decent paid work; slowly becoming independent and escaping the marginalisation that they are so often subjected to.