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04.08.2004 Education

Women advocates advised to bridge inequalities in educational status

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Accra, Aug. 4, GNA - Ms Ndey Jobarteh, a project officer of the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF), on Wednesday urged educated women to embrace their illiterate ones so that together they could fight issues that affected them.

She said women had been abused at all levels irrespective of whether they were educated or not, hence the need for a united front in addressing their issues.

"We will not achieve much when we continue to use terminologies such as grassroots and elite when addressing issues that confront us," she said in an address to 18 participants attending a three-day capacity building workshop for community-based women's groups from the Western and Central Regions.

It was organised by AWDF with sponsorship from the Swiss Embassy for participants from groups that had benefited from the AWDF small grants programme.

Ms Jobarteh noted that most women, whether educated or not, had at one time or the other been abused.

She said with over 60 per cent of Ghana's women population being illiterate, there was the need for the educated ones to embrace the illiterate ones in their quest for empowerment.

Mr Georg Zubler, Swiss Ambassador in Ghana, said reducing inequalities between women and men was a strategy for reducing poverty as a whole.

"The inequalities between men and women is a global issues which need to be addressed right from national levels," he said. 04 Aug. 04

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