Views: 483 Ishmael A. Junourgh, Accra, Jan 31, 2019, Thurs, 2:30 pm A new empowerment project for women has been launched in Accra. The event dubbed “...
Ishmael A. Junourgh, Accra, Jan 31, 2019, Thurs, 2:30 pm
A new empowerment project for women has been launched in Accra.
The event dubbed “50 Million Women Speak Project” witnessed the inauguration of the country team and a sensitization and information workshop with the aim of enhancing women’s empowerment through Information Communication Technology. (ICT)
According to the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Hon. Cynthia Morrison, the project would provide “a dynamic network platform” for women entrepreneurs in Africa for information and knowledge sharing within communities; access to information on financial and non-financial services for their development of businesses; access to business financing, commercial and opportunities between urban and rural areas, and cross boarder and transnational opportunities as well as peer learning.
She said the number of women almost as men in Africa as entrepreneurs were enormous and appropriate for the region which was well positioned for business activities, and that a common platform for them was crucial in today’s “changing world of work” driven by innovation.
She said it was equally important for women and girls to seize the opportunity in bridging the gender gaps militating against them.
Madam Cynthia added that the Global Entrepreneurship Mentor (GEM) 2016/17 Women’s Report has indicated that “women entrepreneurial activity went up 10 percent, closing the gender gap by 5 percent since 2014 and the report continued that Sub-Saharan Africa leads the way with its female entrepreneurship rate highest globally 25.9 percent of the female adult population is engaged in early-stage entrepreneurial activity in the sub-region.
She said the government was making an effort to improve lots of the Ghanaian woman per the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 by 2030.
The Minister stated that it was about time women entrepreneurs shifted away from traditional ways of doing business; instead, they should embrace skills, professionalism, and technology for improved income, and those needs too were what the 50 million women project was providing.
She commended the African Development Bank for partnering with three sub-regional communities and common markets for Eastern and Southern Africa, (COMESA) the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) and the East African Community (EAC) for the creation of the platform to improve the lives of women in Africa.
A Principal Officer, ECOWAS Gender Development Centre, Dakar, Mrs. Salimata Thiam who delivered a speech on behalf of the Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, ECOWAS Commission, Hon. Jean Claude Kassi noted that the project was in line with the ECOWAS Gender program reinforced in 2005 by the Authority of heads of state and governments through the adoption of the Gender policy document.
“This project is part of the framework of Article 15 of Chapter 5 of the Additional Act on Equal Rights for women and men for Sustainable Development in the ECOWAS area which called on member states to adopt all legislative and regulatory measures to ensure women’s equal access to all economic and gainful opportunities,” she stressed.
Mrs. Salimata said the initiative had come to crown all their efforts for the empowerment of women in West Africa, admonishing the country team to carry out the mission of coordinating the collection and transmission of all information that could help the move.
She encouraged more women and girls in Ghana to go into businesses, and also to take the platform as their main tool for networking and accessing local, national and continental funding opportunities.
“The challenge ahead is enormous that you have the mission to make Ghana on this platform an attractive destination and a reference in the field of women’s entrepreneurship and cyber business.” She urged the team.