An Associate Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Wassa Association of Communities Affected by Mining (WACAM), Mr. Daniel Owusu Koranteng, has called on the government, and, in particular, every man, to support the development of women in the country.
According to him, most African women are mostly found useful in the kitchen and the nurturing of children, a situation that has affected the holistic development of women, making them lose self-confidence.
He hinted that affirmative action would promote gender equality and equity in the country’s political, social economic and governance landscape, and would, therefore, encourage all men to support the action.
The Associate Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for WACAM, who is also a Board Member of the Public Utilities Regulation Commission (PURC), continued that because of the workload on women, since they work from morning to the next morning being a nursing mother, housemaid and cook, they have lost their positions in society because of time constraints.
He made the call during a talk on women empowerment at a programme organised by As I Grow (AIG), an Akuapem Larteh non-profit organisation, for the chiefs and people of Aseseeso in the Okere District of the Eastern Region.
Other topics such as Importance of Education, Teenage Pregnancy, Protecting the youth from hard drugs, Savings and economic empowerment and women empowerment were treated during the programme, which was on the theme “Safeguarding the Livelihood of the rural folks through Poverty Eradication.”
He also took advantage of the programme to entreat individuals who have sound educational and financial positions to go back to their roots and help develop their respective communities, since they are who they are because of their communities.
A well-rehearsed poetry recital and drama on teenage pregnancy was performed to demonstrate to the youth the need to abstain from the canker, which is gradually engulfing the area, following lack of parental and financial controls.
The programme was heavily attended by people from all faucets of the society, including Dr. Abraham Carbo of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Mr. Felix Amofa Frimpong, Proprietor of Integrity Foundation School, Ms. Doris Sintim Aboagye, a gospel musician.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of As I Grow, Mr. Isaac Debrah Bekoe, also re-echoed the need to support women in the country, since, to him, they have the key to economic freedom.
According to him, women are good organisers and very meticulous about their actions and inactions, attributes that lead to proper economic management and development