Atebubu-Amantin marks International Women’s Day

By Daniel Oduro-Stewart || ISD || Contributor
Regional News The women in a pose with the queen mothers
The women in a pose with the queen mothers

The Bono East women caucus of the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana NALAG in collaboration with the Atebubu-Amantin municipal assembly has marked this year’s ‘International Women’s Day’ in Atebubu.

Welcoming participants, the planning officer of the Atebubu-Amantin municipal assembly, Alhaji Abdul Aziz Toyibu who stood in for the municipal chief executive said issues relating to women are key to development as they make up about 51% of the population and pledged the assembly's support on issues affecting women.

A deputy planning officer at the assembly Mr. Gideon Amponsah urged women to lend a support to the universal push aimed at achieving gender equality. He spoke of efforts at both the local and national levels targeted at getting women to occupy at least 30% of leadership positions and urged women to brace themselves up for such opportunities.

He bemoaned the declining rate of female school enrolment from the primary to tertiary levels compared to males.

The chief executive officer of Marvelous Touch Foundation a women advocacy group, Mrs. Peace Naami who spoke on the theme of the celebration “count her in, invest in women to accelerate progress “underscored the importance of women preparing themselves in terms of education and skills acquisition in order to position themselves to take advantage of any opportunities.

She urged participants to make the future wellbeing of their daughters a priority by investing in them.

The gathering discussed issues militating against women who aspire for leadership positions in society and suggested a number ways by which such impediments could be overcome.

Nana Afia Wusua from the Atebubu traditional council who co-chaired the function with Nana Afia Achaa called for collaboration among women in order to better stand against marginalization by society.