2 Mar

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women- UN Women, one priority area is to end gender-based violence and through the Ghana UNiTE Campaign initiative organized a walk to raise awareness on the need to end violence against women and girls. This was in preparation towards the Africa UNiTE Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, the regional component of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Global UNiTE Campaign to end violence against women and girls.
The historic climb to the Aburi Mountain under the theme ‘Speak Up, Climb Up’ also coincided with the events to mark this year International Women’s Day in Ghana. About 500 women and men from various institutions in the country participated in the event.
The National Programme Coordinator for UN Women Ghana, Ms. Afua Ansre explained that the Africa UNiTE Campaign was launched in 2010, during the week of the Africa Union’s Heads of State Summit., and it is a United Nations Inter-agency initiative bringing together 11 UN organizations to undertake coordinated actions and activities to eliminate violence against women and girls. She noted that, Mount Kilimanjaro Climb has been planned from March 5 to 9 this year and would involve at least one participant from each of the 54 African countries, members of from civil societies and the media.
Ms. Ansre further stated that, every woman and girl should live in a home where she is free from the threat of violence and every girl should be able to attend school without the risk of abuse. This she believes, together, we can change deeply rooted attitudes and practices that discriminate against women and girls in Ghana.
Ms. Salamatu Musah, an athlete and Ghana’s Representative in the Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, espoused that sports can be a venue for the empowerment of women, and through the leadership of female athletes, we can draw attention to the plight of abused women and children in Ghana and on the African continent.


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