Art Exhibition on the violence against women [fr]
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism, the French Embassy, in partnership with the Alliance Française d’Accra, organized an art exhibition.
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25th) and the 16 days of activism, the French Embassy organized an exhibition in partnership with the Alliance Française. The aim was to bring together Ghanaian artists and raise awareness among the public, young and adult, around the various forms of violence metered out to women through art in different forms.
Achimota School students and students from the Lycée Français d’Accra were also involved in the event and worked on an awareness clip. They were able to discuss the theme of violence against girls and women and awarded a prize to the artist of their choice.
Ms. Samira Bawumia, Second Lady of Ghana, was present at the closing ceremony of the exhibition. The Ambassador of France to Ghana, Anne-Sophie Avé, as well as the Ambassador of Chile to Ghana, were also present to recall the strong commitment of their respective countries.
Violence against women remains a reality throughout the world. According to some studies:
- One in three women is a victim of violence during her lifetime,
- In 2012, one in two women killed was killed as a result of violence inflicted by their partner or family member,
- In 2014, between 45 and 55% of women in the European Union were victims of sexual harassment from the age of 15,
This violence exists in all countries and societies, it is found everywhere, whether at home, at school, on the street, at work, on the Internet. And in times of conflict, women are the first victims of such violence.
All too often trivialized and unpunished, this violence constitutes a persistent obstacle to human and economic development. Women have more difficulty accessing the labour market and are more widely discriminated against.
France reiterates its call on all States to ratify and implement without reservation the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Today, 37 countries do not condemn perpetrators of rape if they are married or if they marry the victim. The international community must mobilize to end impunity for perpetrators of violence against women and take all necessary legislative and legal measures.
Great cause of the five-year period, the equality of women and men is at the heart of France’s foreign policy. This is the priority of the French Presidency of the G7 and the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted this week the first resolution (led by France and the Netherlands) condemning the sexual harassment of women around the world.
In conjunction with its European and international partners, France will launch a campaign for the universal adoption of the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, which aims to empower each State. Within the Council of Europe, 14 States have yet to sign or ratify this Convention: France invites them to do so without delay in order to strengthen their legislative framework on the protection of women against violence.
(In order to strengthen the international momentum to put an end to this violence, France supports the UN initiative "Orange Tree the World: #Listen to MeAlso" which aims to raise awareness around this subject.)]