The Former First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings has inspired female staff of Airtel-Ghana to believe in their own capabilities and capacities as partners of development.
Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings has charged the women to strive for excellence in their corporate entity by introducing new dynamic, novel ideas, methods and solutions to problems.
She said this at the Airtel talk series for International Women’s Month dubbed “Make it Happen” to commemorate the International Women’s Day Celebration.
The Former Lady challenged the women to view themselves as equal partners of change contributing to the socio-economic development of the country.
Speaking at the first ever evening encounter with Airtel staff, she charged the women to speak up against violence and discrimination in their homes and in their workplaces, and stand up for each other as women.
Nana Konadu however discounted the perception that to survive in a male dominated sector, women must become more masculine, redefine themselves and loose the essence of their womanhood.
She encouraged the women to be confident and believe in the value of their womanhood.
Nana Konadu urged the women to show initiative in the development of their communities by establishing income-generating activities and participate in decision making in an environment in which they find themselves.
The Former First Lady threw a challenge to the men who surprisingly graced the ever exclusive feminine event to accept that women are social partners irrespective of the work environment.
She urged Airtel to incorporate the concerns of women and their needs into their company policies just as men decades ago.
Gifty Quist, the Managing Director of Airtel-Ghana noted that ‘Make it Happen’ is the theme for the month celebration which seeks to encourage effective action for advancing, encouraging and recognizing women as agents of change in their respective roles.
The MD of Airtel-Ghana added that their position as a corporate entity is to assist women to unleash their potentials through the shared responsibilities they encounter.
According to her, Airtel recognizes leadership, vision, innovation and creativity highly demonstrated by the former First Lady.
A briefing paper presented by Airtel explained that the International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in their communities and the country at large.
According to the paper, it is no doubt that Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings stands as a quintessential advocate of women’s empowerment, wife and mother to four children.
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