In our continued battle against gender-based violence during the 16 Days of Activism, Crossroads International takes a stance against cultural practices that perpetuate harm. This includes practices such as female genital mutilation, forced marriages, marital rape, physical violence, forced sterilization, forced abortion, dowry-related violence, forced pregnancy, human trafficking, and prostitution. These actions, often deeply entrenched in societal norms, demand urgent attention and collective efforts for elimination.
At Crossroads International, our unwavering belief is that every woman and girl across the globe deserves a life free from the shackles of violence. Yet, some countries, achieving this aspiration remains a distant goal. In rural Africa, girls are compelled into marriage before turning 15, with many still falling victim to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in numerous rural areas. Also, high rates of sexual violence and harassment necessitate not only educating women and girls about their rights but also enlightening the perpetrators. Through collaboration with our local partners, we engage with women, girls, boys and men, helping them comprehend their rights, behavior, take responsibility, and providing them with strategies to prevent resorting to violence.
Why This Program:
- 45% of Tanzanian women aged 15-49 have experienced either physical or sexual violence.
- In Ghana, 21% of girls are married before they turn 18, with rates soaring to 36% in the northern regions of the country.
- The United Nations estimates that 200 million girls and women have undergone some form of FGM.
For far too long, detrimental cultural pratices have subjugated women and girls, depriving them of their rights, dignity, and well-being. Crossroads International believes in challenging these cultural norms that perpetuate violence, striving to create a world where women and girls are free from such atrocities. As we delve into the heart of the matter during the 16 Days of Activism, our focus extends beyond mere condemnation. We advocate for comprehensive initiatives in awareness, education, and empowerment to break the cultural chains binding so many individuals.
In this quest for a world free from violence, Crossroads International proudly collaborates with the Network against Female Genital Mutilation (NAFGEM) in Tanzania. NAFGEM, a dedicated force against female genital mutilation and harmful traditions affecting women, aligns with our vision of empowering women and girls. Through education, community engagement, and advocacy, NAFGEM contributes to dismantling harmful cultural practices. Together, we strive for a future where every woman and girl lives shielded from the shadows of cultural violence, with dignity, autonomy, and limitless potential.