What we are doing
Millennium Child Support partnered with STAR-Ghana to increase the understanding among young people in slum communities of the importance of peace, security and stability. A local committee was set up to monitor flashpoints and report violence among people being influenced by politicians.
Millennium Child Support Group reached more than 1.4 million citizens with peace messages through community radio and in places of worship, while an active interfaith platform working for peace to ensure peaceful Election 2016 in Presidential and Parliamentary Election in Ghana.
Millennium Child Support Group aimed to reduce intimidation and brutality by security forces by providing training sessions and manuals for police, security agencies and media.
Millennium Child Support organizes community durbars and meetings with community and opinion religious and traditional leaders aimed to increase voting rights and youth confidence in the registration and voting process.
Millennium Child Support emphasize a need for strong, concerted leadership on gender issues; the need for a systematic approach to women, peace, and security considerations; and concrete monitoring to improve accountability.
Millennium Child Support Group recognizes that violence against women in elections is a threat to the integrity of the electoral process – it can affect women’s participation as voters, candidates, election officials, activists, and political party leaders, and it undermines the free, fair, and inclusive democratic process. Through increased attention to women’s participation and women’s voices in democracy assistance, narratives of violence against women in election in their homes, political arenas, and public spaces have become more visible.
Ending violence against women
Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death. It negatively affects women’s general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, the community and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses and losses in productivity, impacting national budgets and overall development.
Decades of mobilizing by civil society and women’s movements have put ending gender-based violence high on national and international agendas. An unprecedented number of countries have laws against domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of violence. Challenges remain however in implementing these laws, limiting women and girls’ access to safety and justice. Not enough is done to prevent violence, and when it does occur, it often goes unpunished.
We partner with Governments, civil society organizations, faith organizations, traditional leaders and other institutions to advocate for ending violence, increase awareness of the causes and consequences of violence and build capacity of partners to prevent and respond to violence. We also promote the need for changing norms and behaviour of men and boys, and advocate for gender equality and women’s rights.
What we want to do
Millennium Child Support Group will supports expanding access to quality multi-sectoral responses for survivors covering safety, shelter, health, justice and other essential services. Policy guidance to helps step up investments in prevention—the most cost-effective, long-term means to stop violence.
We will continue to work with Governments to develop dedicated national action plans to prevent and address violence against women, strengthening coordination among diverse actors required for sustained and meaningful action.
Millennium Child Support Group will continue to advocates for the integration of violence in key international, regional and national frameworks, such as the post-2015 development agenda.