General News of Thursday, 8 March 2018
Ghana’s former First Lady, Lordina Mahama is urging Ghanaian women to empower and encourage each other so as to curb gender inequality in the country.
According to her, the act of encouraging each other as women will bring the desired impact needed in making a change and that will eventually push for the male society’s support for gender parity.
As the country observes International Women’s Day, the former First Lady said: “On the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day, let us continue to encourage each other as women to make the desired impact and push for the male society’s support for gender parity”.
“I support the campaign to #PressforProgress as it highlights, most appropriately, the urgent need for us to curb the remaining disparities in the quest for gender equality”.
“Let’s celebrate the efforts and achievements of our fellow women, let’s empower our women and girls, let’s use them as examples to encourage other women to also impact their homes, their communities and countries and through that, I believe we will move the #PressforProgress agenda forward”, she added.
This year’s international women’s celebrations focuses on gender equality for women which is also captured by the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) Goal 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.
The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.
This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. This has taken the form of global marches and campaigns, including #MeToo and #TimesUp in the United States of America and their counterparts in other countries, on issues ranging from sexual harassment and femicide to equal pay and women’s political representation.
Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, International Women’s Day will also draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter of the world population and are being left behind in every measure of development.