BY: Shalom Lumor | Voltaonlinegh.com|
Stakeholders in the Central Tongu district have joined the rest of the World to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) with a durbar to sensitize the public on the promotion of the welfare and interest of young girls and women in the area.
The event which was under the auspices of a Non-governmental Organization, Global Women Development Promoters (GLOWDEP) and the Ghana Education Service, was attended by an array of people from the traditional and religious institutions, decentralized departments as well teachers and school children from selected basic schools.
- Global Women Development Promoters is a non-governmental organization based in the Central Tongu district whose main aim was to promote girls education and women empowerment.
The IWD is marked globally on March 8 every year to celebrate women’s achievements from political, economic and socio-cultural space. The theme for this year’s celebration was “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.”
As part of the durbar, a Quiz competition was organized among selected Basic schools in the area, while a radio talk show was held to sensitize the public on the relevance of the day.
Mr Henry Xevi, the Director of Education speaking at the durbar held on Wednesday, encouraged the school girls to learn hard and also fight hard to rise above any limitations that society might have set for them.
“Girls are no longer relegated to the kitchen. You can also get to the male-dominated professions” he said.
He also expressed his profound gratitude to GLOWDEP for continually contributing to girl child education in the Central Tongu District.
Madam Evelyn Agblese speaking on behalf of the Executive Director of GLOWDEP charged the participants to help in advancing gender equality in their various communities.
According to her, “There is still more room for improvement because Gender inequality continues to hold women and girls back and deprives them of basic rights and opportunities professionally.”
She also encouraged parents to guide and support their wards to attain their full potential, stressing that, “Girls can do anything on earth now. they can achieve higher goals. Do not limit them, girls are now venturing into the male-dominated professions, so help them and push them to climb the higher educational ladder.”
At end of the Quiz Competition, Kpogede Community Junior High School was adjdged Champions with 46 points and took home as their priz package, an amount of Ghc150, set of books and mathematical sets.
The second position went to Girls Model School with 39 points, who also took home GHC100 and a set of books and mathematical sets, whiles Global Junior High School placed 3rd position with 36 points and received Ghc60 with set of books.