ActionAid has call on governments around the world to lead public education campaigns to stop sexist attitudes and other forms of discrimination towards girls and women.
ActionAid has marked the International Women’s Day celebration to join the fight against all worst forms of discrimination, stereotypes and violence against women and children.
According to the NGO, 70% of women around the world have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner.
Queronica Quarley Quartey, Policy and Campaigns Manager of ActionAid Ghana says their resignation to the unfavourable realities of life for women is a stark reflection on gender inequality and discrimination.
She said although there have been major step in addressing the staggering human rights abuse when two-thirds of all the countries enacted legislation on domestic violence after the Beijing Declaration since 1995.
Yet a lot more needs to be done to address the injustice which is equally gaining more momentum especially in the African countries.
She indicated that Millions of girls and women around the world are restricted from fully benefiting from the educational, political, economic and leisure opportunities that towns and cities offer.
According to her, the poorer and more marginalised women are, the more they are affected, women are forced to restrict their lifestyles and adapt out of necessity.
Queronica Quarley Quartey noted that in this year’s International Women’s Day celebration under the theme “Empower Women, Empower Humanity: Picture it !.”
ActionAid joins all countries, international institutions, and human rights movements around the world to ‘set it up’ for gender equality to reach ‘Planet 50-50’ before 2030.
She made a firm statement that “I wish more women could realise their career and personal dreams in a violence-free environment; I wish more girls in poor and deprived communities had equal access to quality education; I wish children didn’t need to walk long miles to school; I wish more women were supported to contest and win democratic elections. I wish there were no cultural and traditional forms of violence against women in Ghana. But that’s not the state of the Ghanaian woman today.”
She added that as government representatives, women’s rights activists and policy leaders meet in New York to review the agreement they made twenty years ago in Beijing, they must not also sleep on their commitment to address the canker that has eaten deep into the fabric of our society.
By Abubakari Seidu Ajarfor, [email protected]
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