Ghana: NGO launches program to reduce gender-based violence

Mercy Tuffour, project manager for the Transformative Action for Gender Equality (TAGE) project, called for collaboration between state institutions and her organization to reduce gender-based violence in the country.

She mentioned that Ministry of Gender, Ministry of Health, Domestic and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) and Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) are some of the institutions to nip violence in the bud, especially against women and girls.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Ghanaian Times over the weekend, Ms Tuffour said the team had started forming women’s groups in 64 communities, in eight districts and 4 regions of the country.

These are Greater Accra, Volta, Upper East and Northern regions.

It was expressed in the context of increasing incidence rates of violence perpetrated against women, particularly by their spouses.

Most of them, she said, had gone unreported, so there should be ways to curb the phenomenon.

Ms. Tuffour explained that the project aimed to improve gender equality and eradicate the experience of violence among women and girls, as violence could not be a private matter.

“We have organized training for women’s groups, to empower women and girls to know their rights, understand and recognize all forms of domestic violence and intimate partner violence.”

She added that training for paralegals had begun and her team would work at the district level with women’s groups in communities on preventing and reporting domestic violence.

In addition, Ms. Tuffour emphasized that the training will enable women and girls to seek protection and defend themselves within their communities and through the effective implementation of relevant laws, policies and legal mechanisms that offer protection against violence. violence.

“Leadership training in communities would also help victims to open up, as this was an issue that most people were silent about. Additionally, leaders would be supported to provide progressive knowledge and skills to members of these respective groups,” she said.

She said that while the training focused on addressing the root causes of violence against women and girls in the country, peer education would also be provided to boys to understand the risks associated with abuse of young girls and women.

The TAGE has a period of 30 months and is estimated at €550,000, which would be deployed by ActionAid Ghana (AAG) to help improve gender equality and reduce violence against women and girls, as well to sensitize and empower them.

The AAG, in partnership with the International Federation of Women Lawyers (IFAD), was sponsored by the European Union (EU) in rolling out the project and was expected to reach a total of 16,200 community members.

The project which fell under AGA’s mission priority was to reach approximately 2.8 million women, girls, persons with disabilities, widows, informal workers, men, media organizations, networks of women’s rights advocates, government agencies, traditional authorities and faith-based organizations. leaders through a catalytic national campaign on social norms.

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