UN Ghana launches 16 Days of Activism campaign to end violence against women and girls

Nov 26, 2015

Accra, 25th November, 2015 – Today the UN in Ghana will launch the annual 16 Days of Activism campaign to end violence against women and girls. Along with participants from 187 countries, the UN in Ghana is calling for an end to gender-based violence and invites the government, civil society organizations and individuals to mark the 16 Days of Activism by coming together to step up efforts to end violence against women and girls.

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign begins on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25) and ends on International Human Rights Day (December 10) and emphasizes that gender-based violence in its many forms is a human rights violation. The UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock, said that although Ghana has made remarkable progress in reducing harmful practices such as female genital mutilation, sexual violence against women is still an issue, as 1/5 of women in Ghana aged 15-49 experience sexual violence in their lifetime. She said that with the recent launch of the Sustainable Development Goals now is the time to create a world where women and girls can enjoy the safety they deserve.

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites individuals to “Orange the world”. The initiative calls on all people in all parts of world to take action in their communities, play their part and stand up against violence against women and girls. “Millions of people across the world are uniting under the banner colour orange, chosen to symbolize the brighter future of a world free from violence against women and girls. This year, in a sign of the growing momentum for change, orange lights will illuminate iconic landmarks from the historic ruins at Petra in Jordan to the Niagara Falls in North America.” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. As part of this global campaign the UNDP building on Ringroad East in Accra will be lid orange at night between 6pm and 6am for the entire 16 days in support of efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls in Ghana.

Join us and share your photos, messages and videos showing how you orange your world at facebook.com/SayNO.UNiTE and twitter.com/SayNO_UNiTE using the hashtags #orangetheworld and #16days.

For more information:

Ms. Bianca Juhl Andersen – UN Campaign Coordinator 16 Days of Activism in Ghana, Email: bianca.j.andersen@one.un.org Tel: 0302 21567086

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