THE QUESTION OF: Eradicating male violence against women in Africa
SUBMITTED BY: The Delegate of Ghana
THE HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM,
Deeply concerned and alarmed by thepersisting violence against women in most of
Fully aware that women and children are often in great danger within their families which logic implies that it is where they shouldbe the safest.
Bearing in mind that domestic violence is a health, legal, economic, educational, developmental issue,
Deeply consious that violence against women is present in every country,cutting across boundaries of culture, class, education, income, ethnicity and age.
Keeping in mind that specific groups of women are more vulnerable, including minority groups, indigenous andmigrant women, refugee women and those in situations of armed conflict, women in institutions and detention, women with disabilities, female
children, and elderly women,
Realizing that the thispersisting issue will not be eased until families, governments, institutions and civil society organizations address the it directly,
Recognizing that according to the World Health Organization (WHO),violence affects millions of women in Africa,
Emphasizing that violence against women goes beyond beating, it also involves forced marriage, dowry-related violence, marital rape, sexual harassment,intimidation at work and in educational institutions, forced pregnancy, forced abortion, forced sterilization, trafficking and forced prostitution,
Noting with concern that sexual assaults putAfrican women and girls at higher risk of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, than men and boys,
Alarmed by the fact that even those societies where women appear to enjoy better status oflife condone or at least tolerate a certain amount of violence against women,
Taking into account that several studies have been done to analyze nationwide the severances of male violence against...