The international rural women's day has been celebrated in the Garu District of the Upper East Region.
The women numbering over 300 started the celebration with a march through the principal streets of Garu amidst drumming and dancing. They were holding placards with inscriptions "Value women", Empower Women", " Equal access to productive resources," among others.
The international women's Day which was instituted by the United Nations (UN) and celebrated on October 15 each year is used to recognize the role of rural women in contributing to improving food security and eradicating rural poverty worldwide.
It was organized by CARE International and held on the theme: “ Building Rural Women's Resilience In the Wake of COVID-19."
The event attracted many women’s groups, traditional and religious leaders.
Mrs Juliana Zangina, a representative of the rural women in Garu said though rural women contribute immensely to the agriculture sector, they are still marginalized.
She appealed to traditional leaders to help them have equal access to land just as their male counterparts.
She said supporting rural women to invest in agriculture and other business ventures of their choice would not only help in contributing significantly to increase household food security but help reduce poverty in the society.
Juliana further called on government and other spirited individuals to support the rural women in this era of COVID-19.
According to her, life is unbearable for the rural women in the villages and it has been worsened by COVID-19, hence the need for supply of fertiliser to assist the rural women.
Mr Obed Asunka, Acting Manager of Presbyterian Agricultural Station ( PAS) Garu noted that his outfit has supported over 400 rural farmers in their operational area to venture into soya beans cultivation.
Presbyterian Agricultural Station (PAS) and with its partners sponsored the celebration of the rural women.
Hanna Kupour, 2scale Tamale and gender officer, encouraged her colleague women not be discouraged by challenges been faced as women such as domestic violence against in offices and at homes.
She calls for women to be respected and given equal opportunities in all sectors as women gave birth to presidents, ministers DCE and the rest.
Mr Emmanuel Asore Avoka, the District Chief Executive for Garu, said if women were economically empowered, it would benefit households and the society as a whole.
Emmanuel Avoka said the Assembly in collaboration with other non-governmental organisations have supported women groups under Ghana productivity safety network on farming and cashew plantation.
He said over 370 rural farmers are benefiting from the complementary livelihood and access support project in some communities in the area.
He said the assembly has also expanded the Ghana School Feeding Program in the district.
Cooking utensils and motor kings were given to the rural women by Garu PAS and its partners to help improve their lives.