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6. Zero-Tolerance for Gender-Based Violence

Violence against women and girls is a violation of their fundamental human rights. Gender-based violence has serious implications for the physical and mental health of women and girls.

Women and girls should have access to information and advice on laws and other instruments that protect them and also be trained on how to take advantage of such laws and instruments.

Victims of violence should receive prompt, sensitive and empathic care from all those responsible for treating them.

Gender-based violence is a problem in the Upper East Region and must be tackled with a multifaceted approach; and the entire society must be committed to work towards preventing violence and taking action when it occurs.

The philosophy of this programme is that women and girls and men and boys have the right to live their lives free of violence.

This programme provides a platform for women and girls, as well as men and boys, to participate in experiential workshops and meaningful communication processes.

Goals:

  • Promote awareness among traditional and local government authorities of the importance of providing comprehensive care for victims of violence, including measures to avoid later harmful effects (psychological counseling, access to legal, safe abortion and others).
  • Promote awareness among husbands and wives, chiefs, health professionals, the police and court staff in the appropriate treatment of women and girls who are victims of violence and form alliances for joint action with these sectors.
  • Educate rural women and men to identify and reject any behavior that is a threat to their rights and physical integrity.
  • Foster a culture of peace and non-violence, as well as respect for equality and equity among genders.

7. Youth and Women in Conflict Management and Resolution

Ghana is not engaged in conflict on a nation-wide scale however there are pockets of violent conflicts across the country. These conflicts are mostly disputes over land or stool/skin titles. About 23 violent conflicts took place in the northern part of Ghana between1980 and October 2002. The consequence of these conflicts has been broken or fragile communities characterized by a sense of resentment, hatred, a culture of violence, and loss of lives and property.

The impacts of these conflicts have been most severe on the vulnerable groups such as women and the youth. Women and young people face distinct risks in these violent conflicts. They are more likely to become targets for sexual violence, need reproductive health care, contract sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, be forced to generate livelihood for themselves and others, and lose educational opportunities because of conflict.

Women are often involved in dealing with the practical challenges of these conflicts such as reorganizing families, tending to the wounded, providing safety nets for family members, and providing for the general up-keep of the family. Women also have different needs and desires from men in both conflict and peace times and these are affected by violent conflicts.

Women must be involved in conflict resolution and management, peace building and human rights promotion in order to establish a culture of peace and ensure sustainable development.

Goal:

Foster a culture of peace and nonviolence, respect for human rights and dignity through education, psycho-social counseling for victims and perpetrators, and provision of income generating opportunities for women and young people.

How:

  • Peace education
  • Awareness creation
  • Conflict resolution/management and life skills training
  • The promotion of reconciliation
  • Advocacy for the involvement of women and youth in local and national peace building initiatives

We also believe that when families can put food on their tables they are less likely to engage in conflict within the home and outside the home which is why our income generation programme is vital to conflict prevention.