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29.08.2004 Education

Educationist expresses concern about indecent dressing by girls

By GNA

Cape Coast, Aug 29, GNA - Prof (Mrs) Naana Opoku-Agyemang, the Dean of Graduate Studies and Head of the Department of English of the University of Cape Coast, has expressed concern at the indecent dressing by many young women and called on mothers to help curb it.

''It is shocking and disheartening to see girls walking half naked and unashamedly in the streets, thereby degrading the status of womanhood.''

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said this when she opened the 8th biennial national conference/convention of the Anglican Women's Fellowship of Ghana at Cape Coast on Saturday.

The five-day conference is under the theme "the prayerful life of the Christian woman and her commitment to church and nation building". She appealed to mothers to talk to their daughters to refrain from attitudes, practices and indecent ways of dressing, which constitute "an affront to the dignity of women".

Prof Opoku-Agyemang also stressed the importance of education and repeated calls on women to invest their money in the education of their children instead of spending it frivolously.

Mr Isaac Edumadze, the Central Regional Minister, also reiterated the importance of education and said many women are contributing to the development of the nation, the church and other progressive institutions because of the formal education they had.

The regional minister, who is the MP for Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam, appealed to the fellowship to pray for peace before, during and after the December general elections.

Mr Edumadze called on members of the fellowship to patronise the National Health Insurance Scheme that, he said, would ensure the welfare of the poor who cannot afford to pay their medical bills. The Right Reverend Daniel Sylvanus Adotei Allotey, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Coast, in a speech read for him, said it behoves on women, who constitute the majority of the Ghanaian population, to take keen interest in the development of the nation. 29 Aug 04

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