Improvement in Public Safety:
We have an explicit focus on the rights of young girls and women. This focus is based on our understanding that gender is a universal contributor to poverty and that the underlying causes of poverty and injustice are gendered. Women suffer inequalities in access to and control of production resources, in political participation and are more vulnerable in emergencies and conflicts.
Young women shoulder the burden of care and support in both their households and communities. The sexual and reproductive health rights of Women and girls are violated due to power imbalances within households, communities and institutions. We have also seen the powerful transformative effects of advancing women’s rights.
The analysis of the poverty context and gender inequality by CCID is based on the grounds that poverty is aggravated by unequal power relations, patriarchy, injustice and exclusion as key driving factors to young girls’ vulnerability. Thousands of female youths live in conditions of abject deprivation of rights. Abuse against girls are persistent, systematic, and openly condoned. Violence and discrimination against girls remain global social epidemics, despite progress made by the international/national women’s movement in identifying, raising awareness about, and challenging impunity for women’s human rights violations.
CCID works closely with institutions to make significant strides in advancing the girls’ rights agenda at local, national and international levels by raising awareness of rights, supporting basic needs of girls and advocating for gender responsive policies and legislation. It is this premise that this strategy seeks to build on.
Yet, traditional and widespread societal discrimination against women and girls continue despite legal provisions and interventions to eliminate abuse, change attitudes and perceptions. Persistent patriarchal and harmful religious, social and cultural beliefs and practices like female, widow inheritance, wife battering, forced early marriages; defilement, rape and sexual harassment remain overwhelming obstacles to the realization of rights and dignity of women and girls in the larger Africa.
While evidence has shown that women have been key players in the productive chain and social well being, their position of power and control over productive resources and decisions that affect their ability to explore their full potentials is perceived negatively for sustained social, political, and economic transformation, this needs to be reversed.