The Dagbon Union UK (DUUK) commemorates International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The Dagbon Union UK (DUUK), a charity that advocates for women’s empowerment and condemns all forms of violence against women and girls, has joined the celebration of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly on November 25.

The Charity stated in a press release that it is determined and committed to countering all violent acts and discrimination against women and children.

The Press Release can be found below;

MESSAGE FROM DAGBON UNION UK (DUUK) TO MARK THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly on November 25. The day’s premise is to raise awareness of the fact that women all over the world are victims of rape, domestic violence, and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the day’s goals is to highlight how the scale and true nature of the problem is often hidden, particularly in developing countries.

According to a United Nations report, one out of every three women will experience physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner or a non-partner at some point in their lives. The report also stated that during the coronavirus lockdowns, there was a significant increase in cases of women’s vulnerability to violence. Despite this, violence against women increased dramatically in areas prone to conflict, war, and natural disasters.

According to a recent UN Women study based on data from 13 countries since the epidemic, two out of every three women have experienced some form of abuse, most notably food insecurity. According to the United Nations, 137 women are killed or murdered by family members every day. Only one out of every ten women sought police assistance, which is a very small number. As a result, every nation must do more to ensure that women of all kinds live free of domestic violence and other forms of abuse.

“Orange World: End Violence Against Women Now,” is the theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in 2021. The color “Orange” denotes “a more hopeful and purposeful future for a society free of violence for women and girls”.

This is followed by 16 days of anti-gender-based violence actions, culminating on International Human Rights Day on December 10th.

To commemorate this day, Dagbon Union UK (DUUK), a registered charity that advocates for women’s empowerment and condemns all forms of violence against women and girls, will highlight some of the gender-based violence Ghanaian women face and offer solutions. For the sake of brevity, here are some examples of gender-based violence in Ghana:

1. Female Genital Mutilation(FGM).
2. Witchcraft.
3. Domestic Violence.
4. Rape in Marriage.
5. Bride price or ‘selling of women’.
6. Child marriage.
7. Forced Marriage.
8. Outmoded Widow’s rites.
9. Women forced to marriage relatives of their deceased husbands.
10. Poor girl child education.
11. Women not allowed to eat certain foods.
12. Women walking long distance to fetch water and firewood.
13. Girl child sexual abuse.
14. Rape and sexual assault.
15. Women are prone to HIV/AIDS and Other STDs.
16. Prostitution.

 

Let us try to galvanize public opinion or highlight the above violence and other forms of violence faced by Ghanaian women over the next 16 days, and think about what we can do individually or collectively to eliminate or reduce violence against women. Gender-based violence is not unavoidable, and prevention is both possible and necessary. We can eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls if we work together to ensure that women and girls are healthy, safe, aspire to economic well-being, and contribute positively to society.

Released by: Dagbon Union UK(DUUK)

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