Violence against women and girls is a violation of their fundamental human rights. Gender-based violence has serious implications for the physical and mental health of women and girls.
Women and girls should have access to information and advice on laws and other instruments that protect them and also be trained on how to take advantage of such laws and instruments.
Victims of violence should receive prompt, sensitive and empathic care from all those responsible for treating them.
Gender-based violence is a problem in the Upper East Region and must be tackled with a multifaceted approach; and the entire society must be committed to work towards preventing violence and taking action when it occurs.
The philosophy of this programme is that women and girls and men and boys have the right to live their lives free of violence.
This programme provides a platform for women and girls, as well as men and boys, to participate in experiential workshops and meaningful communication processes.
- Promote awareness among traditional and local government authorities of the importance of providing comprehensive care for victims of violence, including measures to avoid later harmful effects (psychological counseling, access to legal, safe abortion and others).
- Promote awareness among husbands and wives, chiefs, health professionals, the police and court staff in the appropriate treatment of women and girls who are victims of violence and form alliances for joint action with these sectors.
- Educate rural women and men to identify and reject any behavior that is a threat to their rights and physical integrity.
- Foster a culture of peace and non-violence, as well as respect for equality and equity among genders.