Rural Women Empowerment Project Launched
4/30/2009 4:06:21 PM -
As part of efforts to empower Women to contribute to the development of the country, the National Co-ordinator of the Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF), Mrs Bernice Sam yesterday, launched the rural women empowerment project.
The project which seeks to address the widening gap between men and women in their communities and to promote Women's rights in Africa through a variety of tools including law has been initiated by WILDAF, a non-governmental and non-for-profit organisation in Africa.
Mrs Bernice Sam said, women play significant roles in the development of the country, adding that the project will use the law as a tool to empower rural women to enable them participate in decision-making in their communities.
She also emphasised that, rural women are mostly challenged in respect of education, division of labour in the home, health care and also decision making at community fora.
She noted that, in order to maximise their chances to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, it is important to ensure that women enjoy the rights recognised under the various national and international legal provisions.
Mrs Sam said the project will train twenty-five women each in the Amasaman and the Sege Districts in the Greater Accra Region to enable them contribute effectively in the decision-making within their communities.
This, she added, will help eliminate discrimination against women, promote gender equality and the empowerment of Women in the development of the country, generally.
She, therefore, encouraged all rural women in the Sege and Amasaman Districts to participate effectively in the project to enable them contribute to issues within their communities.