UN Ghana joins forces to orange the world
12 December, Accra, Ghana
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. On the occasion of this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which ran from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, Human Rights Day, the UN in Ghana joined the global efforts to orange the world.
Despite growing recognition that the pandemic of violence against women is a gross human rights violation and a serious obstacle to development, concrete efforts on preventing and ending violence against women and girls continue to be a low priority on the international development agenda, with inadequate funding.
The UN in Ghana joined forces with the international community in raising awareness of the need to end all forms of violence against women.
UN Resident Coordinator Christine Evans-Klock, and several Heads of Agencies in Ghana shared messages via social media:
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) mobilised its staff in saying “no” to violence against women, including a special effort by the male staff who committed to the HeForShe initiative.
The UN in Ghana supports the country in its commitment to enhancing gender equality and in addressing some of the gender challenges Ghana is facing – such as low representation and participation of women in decision-making, lack of gender parity at all levels of education, harmful cultural practices such as early and forced marriage and pregnancy, sexual and gender based violence, maternal mortality, etc.
The inter-agency UN Gender Team ensures coordinated actions of the various UN agencies on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and provides leadership in effectively addressing gender issues in Ghana’s implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda.