The Gender Centre runs a series of yearly projects to promote awareness and activism for women’s issues in Ghana.
16 Days of Activism
In 2007, the Gender Centre organized sensitization in two communities in the Dangme West District of the Greater Accra region. Under the theme, “DEMANDING IMPLEMENTATION-CHALLENGING OBSTACLES: END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN” The Gender Centre organized the “Stop the Bus” campaign, which saw the staff of the centre travelling in a bus from Accra -Osu, to Doryumu and Ayertepa on the 30th December and 3rdNovember respectively.
Staff on the bus distributed leaflets and talked to the public about domestic violence on the route to the two communities. The distribution of leaflets took place at Legon bus stop, Madina, Adenta, through Valley View University through Dodowa township and to the two communities.
The highlights of the campaign was the presentation on violence and the Domestic Violence Act. This was followed by an open forum where community members were made to ask questions on Domestic Violence.
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day occurs yearly on March 8th and is, as its name suggests, an international event to celebrate women and their contributions and to address difficulties still faced by women today. The theme for International Women’s Day 2010 was Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All, but organizations are invited to come up with their own themes as relating to specific areas and causes. The Gender Centre’s most recent research concerns combating women’s susceptibility to HIV/AIDS and we worked with our partners to organize radio discussions about women’s vulnerability to HIV/AIDS as a result of gender norms. The 2009 International Women’s Day theme was Women and Men United to End Violence Against Women and Girls, which tied in nicely to research and activism that the Gender Centre was doing for violence against women in Ghana. We are proud to be part of the international effort to provide research and relief concerning the many issues facing women around the world.