A rural response to preventing violence against women and girls
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Globally, one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. In Ghana, violence against women and girls (VAWG) is prevalent; data from UN Women and other studies recorded a prevalence of 45% and incidence of 28% of at least one type of violence in the past 12 months.
The Community Based Action Teams (COMBAT) intervention aims to: reduce the incidence of VAWG in rural communities in Ghana; protect women’s rights via state and community structures; and, raise public awareness about the causes and consequences of VAWG.
This evidence brief is intended for ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs); like-minded local NGOs for women and children, and leaders in the broader community working to prevent violence against women and girls. It is intended to highlight the magnitude of VAWG, the need to prevent it, and lead to a commitment by relevant stakeholders to provide resources and associated response services to address the drivers of VAWG.