ActionAid initiates second phase of Adaklu project

Adaklu-Waya (V/R), Aug. 26, GNA – ActionAid,
a non-profitable organization, has rolled out phase two of its developmental
project aimed at promoting opportunities and empowering women in the Adaklu
District in the Volta Region.

The project, captioned “POWER- Promoting
Opportunities for Women Empowerment and Rights” has a five year life span with
a 3.5 million euro funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the
Netherlands.

The second phase was as a result of the
successful implementation of the first phase under the Women’s Right to
Sustainable Livelihood (WRSL) one in six regions.

Mr Sumaila Abdul-Rahman, Country Director
for ActionAid Ghana, said the project would be implemented in five regions in
Ghana in eight districts including Adaklu and about 6000 women could be
beneficiaries.

He said women inequality has become a
topical global developmental challenge that needed to be tackled from all
angles.

Mr Abdul-Rahman said the project sought to
recognize and reduce “unpaid care work” that women went through on a daily
basis.

“We all know that our women and girls are
overburdened with a lot of domestic and social activities that consume all
their time, leaving them no space to develop themselves professionally and
pursue leadership and economic opportunities,” he said.

Mr Abdul-Rahman said across the world, there
is increasing recognition for women’s rights and economic empowerment as the
most sustainable way to bridge inequalities and to achieve economic prosperity.

He lauded Ghana for making strides in the
fight against gender inequalities but said more needed to be done, especially
the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill, which would reserve 40 per cent of
leadership space for women in political and policy making structures.

Mr Francis Komla Ganyaglo, Deputy Volta
Regional Minister, applauded ActionAid for selecting Adaklu to benefit from the
project by improving their capacities to demand their rights to participate in
household and community decision making.

He called for utmost priority in gender
issues, and said; investing in gender equality yielded the highest return in
all developmental projects.

GNA

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