From Richard Owusu-Akyaw, Kumasi
The Christian Council Ghana (CCG) has held a women’s empowerment programme, with a call on women to be educative and take active part in politics across the length and breadth of Ghana.
The participants were drawn from the Presbyterian Church Ghana, Methodist Church, A.M.E Zion, Evangelical Presbyterian and other churches. The Coordinator and Head of Girls Education Unit of the Kumasi Metro Ghana Education Service (GES), Mrs. Vida Owusu, has reminded women that politics is not meant for men alone.
According to her, there is a paradigm shift across the world, citing former Liberia president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is the first female elected president across the African Continent, as a prime example, and charged women to be up and doing.
She also acknowledged that the current Akufo-Addo-led administration has appointed a number of women to play vital roles in the development of Ghana, hence, women should be confident and take to politics. Mrs. Owusu was of the view that sitting back for men to do politics would encourage them (men) to always do things that will favour them and not women.
Mrs. Owusu noted: “When we all come together and make the rule of law, we will know that it will favour women and not suppress us, and put us forward. It will look at the needs of women, because, without us, the nation cannot grow.”
Quoting the words of the late Ghanaian intellectual, Dr. James Kwegyir Aggrey, she told the gathering: “If you educate a woman, you have educated the whole nation. Before a woman can come out and be doing something, the person has to be knowledgeable. When you are knowledgeable, you have the power.”
She continued that with education, “you know what you are after, what you want to do. Nobody can suppress you, so I will encourage each and every one to take the education of the girl child seriously before she grows to be a woman.” The Girls’ Education Coordinator Metro indicated to her colleague women that if the girl does not go to school, she would not be empowered to be knowledgeable and end up being
suppressed and looked down upon.
She charged women to excel wherever they found themselves, be it in school, church, market and other places. “They should prove to the people around that they know what they are talking about.”
In another development, Mr. Lawrence Senyo, Ashanti Regional Christian Council of Youth Ministry, has welcomed and hailed the anti-gayism statement from President Akufo-Addo. According to him, it will go a long way to curb g ambiguities about assertions by other world leaders for the legalisation of same sex marriage in Ghana.