The women’s Commission of the National Union of Ghana students, UCC local, has organized a day’s seminar for female students of the University.
The seminar dubbed, “Women Economic Empowerment; Driving Force for societal change” was aimed at challenging female students of the university to explore economic opportunities available for them aside their academic disciplines.
The seminar, first of its kind, brought together seasoned entrepreneurs including, Prof. Rosemond Boohene, Dean of the Centre for International Education, UCC, Mr Albert Kusi Prempeh, head of Sales at Data Bank and Mr. Kofi Arhin, Director of Operations, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme.
The Deputy Minister of Education in charge of TVET, Mrs. Barbara Asher Ayisi who also graced the occasion told ATL FM NEWS the seminar was an appropriate platform for women empowerment. According to her, through such events, women would receive the needed training that will equip them to be useful to society.
Mrs. Barbara Asher Ayisi, Deputy Minister of Education in charge of TVET
“It is always good to catch them young. When you start empowering them when they are young and they grow, then they become very independent minded people. People who know what they are about and what they want to do. So I’m so happy that the women’s commissioner and the team decided to organize a program like this, so we will bring in role models or young people so they can also tell their story. When people share their experiences, the young people may pick up one or two things and also try to implement it in their lives” she added.
She said “We should think of how to extend it to the communities around UCC. Communities like Kwaprow, Apewosika and other communities. We can bring some of them on board so they can also come and listen to some of these rich experiences and other presentations that were made by very astute people in our country”.
According to the Minister, though women of the present generation are doing better than before by moving beyond the kitchen and domestic chores, there is still more to be done in order to ensure gender parity.
“Now people are more independent minded than they used to, it’s better than those days where young people or women felt that all they have to do is to be at home and then support their husbands. These days in every area we have women there, very assertive strong minded independent people so I think that it’s getting better but more room for improvement”.
“I want to encourage our young women that they shouldn’t sit and always think that somebody will push them to do something. They should know what they want and go for it. The opportunities are there and we are all there to support them. Go for it and we will all rally behind you. I want to see a lot of women in parliament and in leadership” she concluded.
The Women’s Commissioner for UCC local NUGS, Faustina Maama said, she was optimistic the seminar would change the lives of the participants, stressing the need to continue to build the capacity of women in all areas.
“I’ve been here for the past three years now and a chunk of the program of the women’s commission has geared towards pastries making, beads making and all that. So I told them let’s do something different. I mean if we are meant to compete with them, it should be in all cycle so this program basically seeks to expose the ladies to things they can take charge of and possess”.
Source: KOJO DEI/ATL FM NEWS