First Lady pushes for gender equality

First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has called for increased action to augment the gains made in the efforts towards gender equality.

According to her, a sustained action towards seeing women play functional roles at various stages of the governance structure will depict an action oriented effort.

Mrs Akufo-Addo made this observation at the Awesome Treasures Leading Ladies Summit in Accra on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

According to her, under the visionary Leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is recognised as a Gender Champion by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ghana now has twenty-seven per cent of women in ministerial positions and is holding key positions such as Chief of Staff, Chief Justice and Secretary to Cabinet.

She, however, conceded that though giant strides had been made in the multi-dimensional struggle for gender parity, a lot still needed to be done.

“I am therefore glad that Awesome Treasures Foundation is in the business of developing leaders through the message of the gospel,” she added.

Appreciating the efforts of the Awesome Treasures Foundation, the First Lady said, it was very essential that men and women of faith will engage in a free exchange of ideas, on how “we can advance the cause of women on our continent”.

“As we are all aware, the bonds of sisterhood are critical to our collective agenda to promote the causes of women. It is the African way to rely on the bonds of sisterhood. I dare say this is one reason why Awesome Treasures Foundation has been so successful for eighteen years”, she stated.

She charged participants to exert their positions as mothers to “our communities and leaders in every sector of corporate and national life and rise to support each other”.

The event was hosted by Olajumoke Adenowo an Outstanding Female African Architect, VVLEAD Fellow, Philanthropist, Founder Awesome Treasures Foundation and Juror on Cartier Initiative Awards.

The Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Josephine Nkrumah, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Charlotte Osei, and Claudia Lumor of Glitz Africa Magazine.



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