ActionAid Ghana has launched a campaign dubbed, “Safe Cities For Women,” a multi-country campaign to promote a global day of action on the theme “Women reclaiming their urban public spaces as theirs” in Tamale.
The campaign is to end all forms of violence against women and girls by giving visibility to sexual harassment and violence, while demanding for gender responsive public services as a means to reduce violence.
Launching the program, Ms. Esther Boateng, Northern Regional Programmes Manager for ActionAid said for many years women had conquered more space in society to some extent.
She, however, said that according to research conducted by ActionAid, the manner in which authorities frequently dealt with issues that affected women’s security in cities today was based on a context of naturalizing violence and harassment.
She said, it was necessary to deepen the discussion and think about measures to deal with the issue without limiting women’s mobility, whiles violence and harassment against women was denaturalized.
Ms. Boateng added that the campaign would offer society changes that sought to solve the problems and simultaneously guarantee women’s full access to cities.
Mrs. Alia, the gender officer at ActionAid said the four-year campaign would engage men and boys to change their male dominancy attitude towards women.
She called on the public to support the campaign whiles creating a safe and better space for women to live.
From Geoffrey Buta, Tamale