GIZ Ghana has partnered KAIPTC and WANEP to hold a week-long social media advocacy and sensitization campaign on gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual harassment (SH).
This forms part of their collective drive towards the 2019 International Women’s Day celebration.
The week-long campaign will be climaxed with a day’s durbar on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre with 200 students drawn from 10 junior and senior high schools within the Accra and Tema metropolis.
The broad aim of the durbar is to sensitize the youth about gender-based violence and to empower them to be advocates against the menace in their communities.
It will draw on the expertise of carefully selected resource persons who will expose participants to the key components of gender and gender-based violence and the importance of respect for diversity to create a balance across all spheres of society.
This would be done with the aid of short videos and open discussions.
There will also be a World Café with five thematic booths on different subject areas with experts and mentors to facilitator and engage the participants more specifically on the chosen themes.
Some of the side events planned for the day includes; one-on-one counseling sessions where participants will have the opportunity to interact with trained and professional counselors throughout the event.
This is to offer anyone who needs a listening ear, an avenue to seek redress or to share their stories in a private and trusted environment.
There will also be an IWD Photo Booth which is a branded space where photographs will be taken and shared by the youth and organisers to raise awareness of not only the event but more importantly, the broader issues of gender parity, GBV and SH on social media and generate discussions among their peers, groups and networks.
The collaboration is borne out of a shared vision to highlight, promote and address equality and gender-based issues at the local, national, continental and global levels in pursuit of the GIZ Gender Strategy (2019-2021), the Maputo Protocol and the UN Security Resolution 1325.
Furthermore, there’s a joint recognition that no individual entity can effectively bring an end to the prevailing gender imbalances and disparities around the globe, and that meaningful impact can only be achieved through such joint efforts.
There would be an information booth with resource materials on GBV and SH among others that participants can take back to their schools to engage with their colleagues to broaden the circle of advocacy and sensitization.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
The theme for the 2019 celebration is #BalanceforBetter, highlighting the need to have a gender-balanced world to address the continuous drive for gender equity and the need for balance as a global issue rather than a woman’s issue.
By 3news.com| Ghana