The Ghanaians Against Child Abuse (GACA), a social drive launched by the wife of the vice-president, Mrs Samira Bawumia, has the ultimate goal to promote the well-being of children, prevent abuse and protect children from harm.
The GACA campaign seeks to reduce the acceptance of social practices that have negative consequences on children by creating a critical mass of people to promote the adoption of behaviours favourable to the protection of children and adolescents.
It also aims at mobilising a critical mass of people to positively influence social norms and promote the adoption of behaviours favourable to the protection of children and adolescents.
Ultimately, the social drive is expected to support the reduction of violence against children and adolescents, including harmful practices.
The GACA campaign is a joint programme of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the Ministry of Education, UNICEF and NGO partners.
It is generously supported by Global Affairs Canada, KOICA Korea and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Ghana.
The GACA campaign currently has 11 thematic pillars addressing pressing child protection and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) issues in Ghana, with a focus on adolescent girls and boys.
The pillars of the campaign include Child Sexual Abuse, Child Trafficking, Corporal Punishment, Child Labour, Verbal Abuse and Child Marriage.
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