Dr Rose Mensah-Kutin, Regional Programme Manager, Abantu for Development, says it is time the factors that militate against the growth and development of women are eradicated.
Speaking at the 17th Quadrennial Convention of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) in Accra on Saturday, she said women were naturally endowed with rich talents which could be brought to bear on the socio-economic development of all sectors of the economy but unfortunately due to intimidation, lack of encouragement and some socio-cultural practices had forced them to the background of national issues.
Dr Mensah-Kutin said women needed to be encouraged to give of their best for national development.
Dr Mensah Kutin said the theme for the occasion “Come let us Build”, was appropriate, and urged stakeholders in the education sector and advocates of women's welfare to join forces to push issues of women forward.
She announced that ABANTU for Development had plans to collaborate with the YWCA to popularise the association's activities globally.
The National General Secretary of YWCA, Esther Owusu, said the mission of the institute was to unearth hidden talents in the girls which should be developed to enable them to become useful citizens.
She said the congress was organised every four years to take stock of the institute's performances, and activities with the aim of making amends for any shortfalls and strategising for the future.