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A Woman's Place Is... PWA Gender Blog #6

Date Posted: 13/06/2018

Follow this blog as we explore where a women’s place is in a post #metoo Ghanaian society.

A Woman's Place... Is Safe

818 million women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence. That’s more than two and a half times the population of the USA or 35% of the global female population. With this sheer volume of violence, it is no surprise there has been a new wave of movements to expose the prominence of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). However, when leaders continue to be elected despite claiming their right to touch women without their permission, and femicide rates continue to rise, when will women start to see the impacts of these movements on their lives.

Through the PWA Gender Research Project the team have been speaking with community members in Greater Accra about how VAWG is changing in their communities. With only 15% of women having completed high school, women in these communities are at a high risk of violence (high school graduates have a 36% lower risk of violence) and initial research confirms this.

Of the 200 people interviewed more than half disagreed that VAWG has decreased over the past five years and many believed it had actually increased. However, encouragingly many agreed that general attitudes towards women have improved in recent years, which is arguably the first step in changing many issues which impact women; including the ending of violence. Many confirmed that women have more rights and responsibilities, a huge leap forward in gender equality in this area.

Ending global VAWG will take time and although women in our communities are still not seeing a reduction of violence, it is encouraging to see that first steps are being made towards making #awomansplace safe.

Author: Amy - PWA Volunteer

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