Statistics have shown that 13.5 percent of women are in paid employment, as against 24.3 percent of men.
76 percent of workers in developing countries are in vulnerable forms of employment, while 35 percent of women, that is 818 million of 15 years and above globally, have experienced sexual or physical violence at home, in their communities or in the workplace.
It is against this backdrop that ActionAid Ghana, a non-governmental organisation in the Upper East Region has launched the Gender Based Violence, GBV in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.
It is in connection with the global campaign aimed at adopting, ratifying and implementing an International Labour Organisation ILO Convention and recommendations on the GBV.
As part of the awareness creation, Ghana is no exception hence the need to join the world in the campaign to get support to ensure decent work for women in the informal economy.
This will in a way push government to adopt, ratify and implement the International Labour Orgnisation convention and recommendation on GBV at the workplace.
The informal work has no binding contract, offers below-standard wages and provides little or no social protection benefits and job security.
It is appropriately described as vulnerable or precarious work by the ILO of which the experiences of women in developing countries are harsher.
The launch started with a route match on the principal streets of Bolgatanga amidst brass band music.
The marchers carried placards, some of which read ‘we are working and also need protection from the state’, ‘stop sex for jobs’ among others.
It brought together women’s groups, the media, representatives of the NCCE, CHRAJ , Women and Orphans Movement, ActionAid among others.
It was under the theme “Decent work now for women in the informal economy”.
ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to champion human rights for all, achieve social Justice and end poverty. ActionAid is currently working in 11 out of the 16 regions in Ghana.