Accra, July 11, GNA - Mrs Elsie Appau-Klu, a lawyer and the Regional Representative of Acreaty Management Plc, a human resource firm in Ghana, has been honoured at the eighth edition of the African Achievers awards.
Other recipients of the Africa Achievers Award, include Mr Ibrahim Mahama of Ghana, Senator Howard Taylor- Vice President of Liberia, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, Leader of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Mo Abudu, TV Mogul, Linsey Oliver - Co Founder of Al- Jazeera, among others.
The event, which took place in the House of Commons in London, was hosted by Rt. Hon Diane Abbott, Shadow Home Secretary.
This year’s event is under the theme “Girls Child Right to Education: A case for Africa“.
In her speech, Mrs Appau-Klu underscored the importance of girl child education and women empowerment.
According to her, educating and empowering girls and women would lead to the socio-economic development of the family, community and the nation at large.
She recalled how she had to face many challenges in male dominated field.
"As a young girl, and coming from Africa, I often receive comments and impressions like: “you cannot make it here”, “how dare you a little girl talk in the presence of men. This is a male dominated field and you cannot come here and control us. However, I was determined to make it just to prove to them that indeed, women are equal to the task as men are."
"Right after my second cycle education, there was a genuine sense of urgency about the effort to bridge the gap between men and women in all spheres of life, not just education. I became more self-motivated to ‘take the bull by the horn’ by taking up responsibility for my own success and that of other women.
"All my life, I have had one big dream. A dream that is scary enough to give me sleepless nights. A dream I hope to live for and achieve. But most importantly, it is a dream for which I would want to be remembered for-Empowering women through education."
Touching on some of her initiatives to promote women empowerment in Ghana, Mrs Appau-Klu said as Regional Representative for Acreaty Management PLC, she has led her team to develop a programme dubbed, “Beyond Academics,” where young people are trained on employable skills to prepare them adequately for the job market.
The African Achievers Awards has consistently honoured great African achievers from African Leaders, Young Achievers, and Community Builders to Captains of Industries across the continent.
The awards ceremony has fast become established as one of the biggest gatherings of influential and global African Achievers on the continent.
Mrs Elsie Appau-Klu is also a Policy Analyst and Water Governance specialist.
She has over 14 years work experience as a policy analyst, project management expert and social development specialist with particular expertise in water governance, gender and public financial management issues.
She has advised and worked on various projects which look at project management, good governance with the World Bank, African Development Bank, the UN system and the Netherlands Foreign Affairs Ministry.
She advocated the passage of the Domestic Violence Act and worked as Gender Advisor with the Netherlands Embassy who funded the implementation of the National Plan of action between 2009-2012.
Mrs Appau- Klu also worked on promoting gender equity by supporting initiatives on the campaign against early and forced marriages. The interventions were funded by the Netherlands and Canadian Governments in five regions of Ghana.
She served on many Boards including the Dominion University Council, FEED Africa (USA Based NGO), Ministerial Advisory Board for Youth and Sports(2010- 2011), West African Sexual and Reproductive Rights Committee amongst others.