Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment

UNCT-GH-UNICEF-Welding-student-NyaniQuarmyne-2015(photo: UNICEF Ghana 2015 / Nyani Quarmyne)

 

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. The United Nations is focused on eliminating gender discrimination and violence in every part of the world, including in Ghana.

The Government of Ghana has declared a strong commitment to strengthening gender equality in the country, which is already showing improvement when it comes to 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.

UN Ghana is supporting the efforts of the Government of Ghana to achieve gender equality. The various UN agencies based in Ghana have a strong focus on gender equality. Furthermore, in order to ensure a strong, coordinated support, the UN Country Team in Ghana set up an inter-agency UN Gender Team, with gender representatives from the various UN agencies. The team is to ensure coordination and visibility of the UN work and results on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and provides leadership towards systematically and effectively addressing gender perspectives in the context of the UN’s assistance to Ghana, primarily within the context of the UNDAF, MDGs and now SDGs.

Examples of the work of the UN Gender Team include support for activities on International Women’s Day, International Day of the Girl Child and 16 Days of Activism. The team works closely with the UN Country Team and partners like the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, various Development Partners and CSOs on supporting gender equality in Ghana.

16 Days of Activism 2017

As the world observed 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2017, the United Nations in Ghana called on governments, non-governmental organisations, religious and traditional leaders, communities and individuals to take individual and collective action against human rights abuse of women and girls. A world free from gender-based violence and from discrimination is paramount to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Find out more here. UN Staff across agencies enganged in the advocacy efforts (see photo gallery below).

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Ghana's UN Gender Team together with UN Resident Coordinator Christine Evans-Klock
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International Day of the Girl Child 2017

In an Op-ed by UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, Ms Christine Evans-Klock, on the International Day of the Girl Child, all of us - families, communities, Government, traditional and religious leaders, educators, civil society organizations, Development Partners, the private sector - were called upon to come together and commit to creating supportive environments in which girls can be equal to boys and can live lives free of discrimination, exploitation and violence. 

Furthermore, the UN Gender Team (UNGT) joined forces with Rayuwa Foundation and Act for Change to exchange with some 80 girls from the Ghana-Lebanon Islamic School about challenges a girl could face in her life, and – through participatory theatre – envision alternative scenarios. Read ahead!

UNCT-GH-IDCG-2017 (9)UN Gender Team (UNGT), Rayuwa Foundation, and Act for Change together with students at the Ghana-Lebanon Islamic School

International Women's Day 2017 in Ghana

On 2017 International Women's Day, our attention was being drawn to the rapidly changing environment in the world of work, the different jobs, roles and business opportunities women encounter in their work life, and the need to enhance their economic empowerment. Hence the theme “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030”. The team of United Nations Agencies working in Ghana and its Gender Team took this opportunity to recognise women’s contributions to national development through all manner of work, including in the informal economy. Find out more here.

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On 2017 International Women's Day some young students in Ghana, through their art, called for respect and a better future for women in the informal economy.

16 Days of Activism 2016

On the occasion of the 2016 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. Find out more here. UN Resident Coordinator Christine Evans-Klock, several Heads of Agencies and UN staff in Ghana shared their messages (see photo gallery below). 

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IOM Ghana staff says "no" to violence
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IOM Ghana staff commit to HeForShe
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International Women's Day 2016 in Ghana

On International Women’s Day 2016, the message of the United Nations family in Ghana was “Leaving no woman in Ghana behind”. The UN in Ghana called on government and development partners and all citizens to work together to ensure the inclusion of all underserved groups, including women and girls, in the development agenda, and for the effective implementation of the SDGs. “If we have to step it up for gender equality and make headway to achieve the 2030 Agenda, we must pay attention to underserved women,” said UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Christine Evans-Klock. Read the UN Ghana's press release on International Women's Day 2016 here
The UN in Ghana celebrates International Women's Day 2016

16 Days of Activism 2015

Prevention was the 2015 theme of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and of the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign’s 16 days call for action. For the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign in 2015, the UN in Ghana invited the government, civil society organisations and individuals to step up efforts to end violence against women and girls. Find out more about the 2015 activities here, and check out the coverage of the events on Gov.ukEU Delegation to GhanaGhana News Agency, and GhanaWeb.

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UN Gender Team in Ghana

UNCT-GH-16-days-UNGT-RC-2017UNGT and UN Resident Coordinator Christine Evans-Klock, December 2017