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Monday, November 29, 2021

ECOWAS female parliamentarians pay courtesy call on First Lady

Rebecca Akufo-Addo, First Lady of Ghana

Members of the female Caucus of the ECOWAS Parliament (ECOFEPA), have paid a courtesy call on the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo to discuss matters related to women’s empowerment and representation in all aspects of national development across the West African Region.

Welcoming the delegation to her office in Accra, Mrs. Akufo-Addo said she was elated that a female political group made up of Members of Parliament spanning the whole sub-region, have taken it upon themselves to work at empowering women, protecting the girl child and ensuring that women representation at the upper echelon of political authority is increased.

She said the Rebecca Foundation has since its establishment in 2017 engaged in several activities which are in tandem with the objectives of ECOFEPA.

“Just like ECOFEPA which is keen on securing the future of the girl-child by helping her access quality education, the Rebecca Foundation also has a mentorship programme geared at encouraging girls to stay in and complete their schooling while also encouraging and empowering those out of school to acquire some skills to be economically self-sufficient.”

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The First Lady, assured members of ECOFEPA of the continued support of the Rebecca Foundation, to achieve their common goal of empowering women and girls, stating that with the two bodies sharing a common objective and their influence stretching to all corners in the sub-region, working together will definitely lead to the desired impact they all seek.

On behalf of her colleague Parliamentarians, the President of ECOFEPA, Hon. Filomena de Fatima Ribeiro expressed their gratitude to Mrs. Akufo-Addo for her cordial reception.

She said ECOFEPA recognizes the good works of the Rebecca Foundation since its inception and the many successes it has chalked in supporting women and the girl-child in the areas of education, skills acquisition, economic empowerment and maternal health.

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