Oxfam IBIS works to bring about significant political change to improve conditions for poor and vulnerable people in Ghana.
in our youth network promoting tax justice are girls
now have girl's schools inspired by Oxfam IBIS' Girls Model Schools
have been created with the aim of promoting gender equality
have been trained in helping victims of gender based violence
Ghana is a relatively peaceful and well-functioning democracy in West Africa. But the country is also characterized by a high degree of inequality - economic and gender-wise - and by their sizable debt, that seizes around half of the nation's income.
We work to promote an increased tax base, ensuring a fairer distribution of the resources, strengthening access to free quality education, particularly for vulnerable girls, as well as promoting peace in the northern part of the country - an area effected by conflict.
We are working to develop quality standards for education - including the development of vocational training to promoting the skills needed in a green transition. Climate change is putting a lot of pressure on resources in northern Ghana, which is why conflicts between local farmers and nomads are increasing. Therefore we also seek to mediate conflicts through peace committees with an active participation of women and youth in the hope of creating a peaceful coexistence.
We support civil society and the media in cooperating to make a more efficient and fair tax base. We support systems for digital tax recovery – something that has proven promising. An important part of tax justice is also advocacy for methods that focuses on how tax funds can be most effectively recovered and publications on how taxation on the wealthy can be increased to create greater economic equality.
Finally, we fight to reduce gender-based violence against girls and women. We do this by strengthening legislation and changing social norms. This is achieved by strengthening the cooperation between authorities and civil society, making sure cases are reported and data is collected so perpetrators can be prosecuted. In addition, we provide protection for victims of violence as well as psychosocial support and giving young victims a more stable transition to adulthood.
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