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‘COMBAT’ing Violence Against Women: A Success Story from Rural Ghana

The Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre (Gender Centre) in Ghana developed the Community-Based Action Teams (COMBAT) programme as a Rural Response System to prevent violence against women. The programme recruits and trains community teams, and mobilises state and community-based structures to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls (VAWG). Four broad strategies drive the programme’s success: raising awareness about VAWG, shifting the attitudes of traditional and religious leaders and community members, improving public knowledge about women’s rights, law and support services; and increasing the capacity of community structures and state agencies to support survivors of violence. In this webinar, Dorcas Coker-Appiah and Adolphina Addo-Lartey co-present the COMBAT programme that successfully shifted knowledge, attitudes and behaviours with respect to gender roles and relations and violence against women and girls in rural Ghana.