The Second Lady, Samira Bawumia, has called for a more coordinated way of fighting against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in the country.
According to her, there is the need to adopt more proactive and pragmatic ways of tackling SGBV and other harmful practices.
Mrs. Bawumia said, to tackle such a menace, more action is needed rather than mere discussions.
The Second Lady was speaking at the first general meeting of the Coalition of People against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and Harmful Practices” (CoPASH) held in Accra.
She pointed to harmful practices like domestic violence, defilement, incest, rape, female genital mutilation, child marriage and child trafficking as practices that continue to drag the country backwards.
She commended the persons who have taken up the fight against SGBV, but called for a more national approach to end the menace.
The Coalition of People against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (CoPASH) is an advocacy based national campaign to help complement and accelerate national efforts to end Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and Harmful Practices.
The initiative is in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Ghana and is being spearheaded by Mrs Bawumia.
“Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Harmful Practices affect many people, but it is our women and adolescent girls who are most vulnerable. Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world,” the Second Lady said.
Meanwhile, the Representative of the UNFPA in Ghana, Niyi Ojoulape, revealed plans to support the fight against sexual violence.
According to him, the coalition intended to support the completion of a DOVSSU one-stop shop response facility for SGBV cases in the country.
“The facility is already under construction but require some support to finish it and equip it to be able to provide all the requisite support to victims under one roof.
“This is the standard to getting adequate and consistent support for victims,” Mr. Ojoulape added.
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