Gender Workshop For Young Women Underway In Accra
A total of thirty young women from two selected senior high schools in the Western and Brong Ahafo Region are currently participating in a gender sensitization workshop in Accra.
Beginning from today Monday, September 2 and ending on Saturday, September 7.
The six-day workshop has been put together by the Gender Studies and Human Right Documentation Centre (GSHRDC) as part of their Leadership, Training and Mentoring Programme for young women under their Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) project which is expected to end in 2016.
The FLOW project seeks to improve accountability of decision making structures to female constituents; increase the capacity of women to advocate for their needs at both the local and national level and to increase the number of women to effectively participate and contribute in all affairs of the society.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Programmes Manager of GSHRDC, Ms. Evelyn Nuvor, stated that women, generally have lower representation in social, political, and religious affairs in the communities at both the national and local levels.
She noted that the aim of the workshop was to train the girls and equip them with the knowledge needed to take up leadership roles even in their schools till they turn adults.
‘As you are already aware in your homes and the community, women are given less attention. The workshop would therefore empower you to take up leadership and mentoring roles even in your schools, as young as you are so that you would grow with it,’ Ms. Nuvor told the young women.
She disclosed that the girls would be taken through an intensive training sessions discussing issues centred on children’s rights; international human rights; patriarchy system, and a lot more on gender-based violence.
Ms. Nuvor further announced that as part of the training programme, the girls would have to opportunity to tour some parts of Accra, including the House of Parliament, the Kwame Nkrumah Musuem, and the National Theatre.
The announcement seemed to have gone down well with the girls and with the majority of them being in the country’s capital for the first time in their lives, they chanted in excitement at the news.
Speaking with Modern Ghana, Ms. Aba Nyaakowa Quansah, a house mistress of Koase senior high school (SHS), where 15 of the participants were drawn from, said she was hopeful that the workshop would go a long way to help the girls now and in the future.
According to her, she expects the girls to, after the training, have the courage to stand up against any form of gender inequality that would be meted out to them by their male counterparts.
The house mistress reiterated that there are some education clubs in the school which seeks to champion the same course as the GSHRDC’s, and therefore expects the girls seize the opportunity and be able to take up leadership positions from thereon.
Asked how 15 girls were managed to be selected from over 500 students in the school, Ms. Quansah said the participants were selected based on their out-spoken nature, their ability to express themselves well, and academics.
She expressed gratitude to the GSHRDC for the ‘golden’ opportunity offered the students.
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