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26.11.2008 Elections

Women Sensitised On Elections

By Matthew Ayoo, Wa -

A forum has been held at Wa, the Upper West Regional capital, for women parliamentary candidates and their campaign teams, assembly wo-men and other women leaders to enhance the participation of women in the upcoming election.

The forum, organised by the Centre for Rural Women Empowerment and Development (CERWED), local non-governmental organisa-tions, had the theme, “Enhancing women leadership and participation in Election 2008.”

It attracted 300 wo-men from 52 women groups from various part of the region who were sensitised on the need for qualified and eligible women voters to participate in the electoral process and to vote for wo-men parliamentary candidates, as well as the need for a conflict free election.

Addressing the participants, the Executive Director of CERWED, Helen Koranteng, urged women to vote massively for women parliamentary candidates to represent the best interest of women in parliament.

The Executive Director said the workshop was aimed at building the capacity of women by providing them with the requisite knowledge and lobbying skills to enhance their chances of winning their respective seats.