Isaac Arkoh, GNA
Yamoransah (C/R), Mar. 8, GNA - Madam Christiana Carl Operebea, the Director of the Central Regional Centre for National Culture (CNC) has asked women especially young girls to fight endemic discrimination against their rights to enable them unearth their talents.
She said women constituted more than half of the national population therefore the empowerment of women was a step towards alleviating poverty and creating wealth for the masses to spark national development.
Madam Operebea was speaking at the celebration of International Women's Day at Nyamoransa on the theme: “Time is now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women's Lives”, shared ideas on how to empower more women into leadership positions, and to change the lives of rural women and their families to influence society at large.
The International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8, every year to commemorate the movement for women's rights and call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity.
It comes on the heels of global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice to guard against feminine abuses, educational inefficiencies, family, racial and cultural discrimination.
The programme was organised by the Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation (CEGRAD) at the University of Cape Coast (UCC).
CEGRAD sought to promote women's rights and gender equality in students’ enrolment, promotion and retention, coordinate relations within and beyond UCC for the promotion of gender equality and women's rights.
According to her, women must unite and help protect others interest and fight for their rights, help themselves, mentor them and establish cordial linkages with the requisite organisations to develop the nation.
She said rural women were the backbone of family support and farming as they account for about half of the agricultural labour force in developing countries including Ghana.
In spite of that, a large contribution of women’s works was not recognised in terms of income earned and access to productive resources and assets.
Madam Oparebea paid a glowing tribute to all the hardworking Ghanaian women who had made great contributions to get Ghana closer to gender parity, she urged women to forge on to make more women take their rightful places in society.
Madam Comfort Garbrah, Assembly Woman for Nyamoransah Electoral Area, cautioned that additional care must be taken to ensure that women’s voices were heard in the design and implementation of policies and interventions.
The international Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's set aside to amongst other things, recognise the contribution of women to society.