Who We Are

Who Will Hear My Cry (WWHMC) is a charity that works to raise awareness around child abuse, rape, domestic violence and sexual exploitation.


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What We Do

We work in the area of prevention through education with young people, to minimise the risk of domestic violence, rape or abuse by challenging myths, preconceptions and building self awareness and confidence.


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How You Help

You give an extra person a voice; their cry is heard through your support of our mission to help put a STOP to rape, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and domestic violence.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

"One of the most devastating human rights violations

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today.

Gender inequality persists worldwide. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms, as stated by the UN Secretary-General, in his latest report on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Some intolerable facts                                              

Violence against women is the most extreme form of discrimination. According to the aforementioned report, on the basis of data from 2005 to 2016 for 87 countries, 19 per cent of women between 15 and 49 years of age said they had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the 12 months prior to the survey. In the most extreme cases, such violence can lead to death. In 2012, almost half of all women who were victims of intentional homicide worldwide were killed by an intimate partner or family member, compared to 6 per cent of male victims.

Another extreme case of violence against women is female genital mutilation/cutting. This harmful practice has declined by 24 per cent since around 2000. Nevertheless, prevalence remains high in some of the 30 countries with representative data. In those countries, survey data from around 2015 indicate that more than 1 in 3 girls between 15 and 19 years of age have undergone the procedure compared to nearly 1 in 2 girls around 2000.

Moreover, only just over half (52 per cent) of women between 15 and 49 years of age who are married or in a relationship make their own decisions about consensual sexual relations and use of contraceptives and health services. That statistic is based on available data from around 2012 for 45 countries, 43 of which are in developing regions.

Research also shows that achieving gender equality helps in preventing conflict, and high rates of violence against women correlates with outbreaks of conflict. Despite the evidence, actions for women’s inclusion, leadership and protection remain inadequate. In some areas, there has even been a roll back on progress.

Lack of funds

One of the major challenges to efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls worldwide is the substantial funding shortfall. As a result, resources for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls are severely lacking. Frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals, which include a specific target on ending violence against women and girls, offer huge promise, but must be adequately funded in order to bring real and significant changes in the lives of women and girls.

This year has brought some good news in this regard, as the European Union and the United Nations launched the Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls.

Another initiative that has been helping to expose this scourge is the UNiTE to end violence against women initiative launched in 2008 by the then UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, which is also supported by his successor, António Guterres.

2017 Theme: Leave no one behind

UNiTE leads the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which aims to raise public awareness and mobilize people everywhere to bring about change. Those 16 days go from 25th November to 10th December, which is Human Rights Day. The theme of the campaign for 2017 is “Leave no one behind: end violence against women and girls.” This theme reinforces the UNiTE Campaign’s commitment to a world free from violence for all women and girls around the world, while reaching the most underserved and marginalized, including refugees, migrants, minorities, indigenous peoples, and populations affected by conflict and natural disasters, amongst others, first. As in previous years, the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to “Orange the world,” using the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence. Organize events to orange streets, schools and landmarks!" (UNITED NATIONS)

Universal Children's Day 20th November 2017 

United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since 1990, Universal Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children's rights.

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important part in making Universal Children's Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.

Universal Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for Children.

2017: It’s a #KidsTakeOver

To celebrate this year's Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF has invited children from around the world taking over key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to voice their support for millions of their peers who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted on 20th November.

“From Auckland to Amman and from New York to N’Djamena, we want children to campaign in their schools and communities to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfil their potential,” said Justin Forsyth UNICEF Deputy Executive Director. “World Children’s Day will be a day for children, by children.”

It’s a fun day, with a serious message:

·       Iconic Children’s Takeovers of roles in Politics, Media, Entertainment, Music, Sports and Business

·        School Activations

·        Global Survey of over 10,000 children on issues that matter most to them

·        Les Mills Move the World Gyms Activation

·        Music Video by Kids United

·        UN HQ Children’s Takeover with UN-SG

·        And much more!

And to help give a voice to the millions of children whose voices remain unheard, high profile stars and world leaders are lending their support to the initiative, including:

·      UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham will quiz children about their views of the world in a short film to be released for World Children’s Day.

·   French music group Kids United will release an empowering new music video recorded for UNICEF and World Children’s Day.

· Global takeovers of government, sport and business, including legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Spanish footballer and New York City FC captain David Villa, South Korean actor and national ambassador Ahn Sung-ki, and Lego Foundation and Qantas.

·      Logan actress Dafne Keen and Isabela Moner from 'Transformers: The Last Knight' and Nickelodeon will join 150 children to take over United Nations Headquarters where singers, songwriters and musicians Chloe x Halle will debut a specially penned track to mark the day.

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Who Will Hear My Cry Charity Ball & Fundraiser

The 2017 WWHMC Charity Ball and Fundraiser held on Saturday 14th of October at Plaisterers' Hall was yet another resounding success! We would like to extend sincere gratitude to those of you who attended in person, and also supported the event in the numerous ways you did.Please check out the gallery for a glimpse of some of the pictures from the night.  

The hard work continues, and indeed never ceases. If you want to assist in lending further support to vulnerable women and children in the U.K., West Africa and beyond, please donate to this important humanitarian cause by clicking the donate button at the top right hand corner of this page.

WWHMC Ghana, West Africa           


WWHMC currently works with women and children both in the United Kingdom and abroad, principally in the West African nation of Ghana. The charity practically supported and encouraged an unnamed client in achieving success in a recent criminal case against the accused, Maxwell Adzeame in August 2017 wherein he was found guilty. His Worship Isaac Apeatu of Agona Swedru District Magistrates Court, imposed a fine of 1,000 cedis (approximately £170) for Maxwell's physical assault of the victim following an altercation at her shop.

It is alleged that following our client's objection to Maxwell sending her workers on errands without her express permission, an altercation occurred wherein Maxwell is said to have pounced on his victim, grabbing her by the throat and physically assaulting her, to the extent of stripping her of all her clothing in the presence of her employees and onlookers alike.

In passing judgement, His Worship Isaac Apeatu admonished Ghanaian men in general to desist from the humiliating practice of stripping women in public during altercations. Despite the leniency of the judgement, our client is pleased that, with the necessary support from WWHMC, she had the courage to seek legal redress and see the matter to its conclusion.

 



 

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