The world all over on March 8 every year, commemorates the International Womens Day to celebrate women and their contribution to the Global and National Agenda. The Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administraion (GIMPA) as part of celebrating women on this day organized an event on the theme " Be Bold for Change: Ensuring Inclusion and Equitable Quality Education for All, and Promoting Lifelong Learning Opportunity for All". The event which was organized by the GIMPA Gender Development and Resource Center brought together students, educationist, development organizations such as Participatory Development Associates and the general public.
Speaking at the event, the Chairperson, Mrs Vivian Attah in her welcome address spoke about the role and importance of women. 'women help transform everything around them. They help to put smiles on our face and many of us have come this far as a result of the role women play to make our lives better'. She also stated that women issues are at the center of the heart of the gender development resource center, hence, they organizing such a program. Studnets of the Nii Sowa Memorial School and School of Performing Arts- University of Ghana were present and thrilled participants of the event with dramatic performance and dance performance respectively.
In a keynote address, the Regional Director of Education- Greater Accra, Dr. Attafuah, emphasised the importance of change in ensuring that women and girls for that matter ought to be given the needed support to recieve quality education. He also said, that many girls are breaking barriers and entering into professions in the sciences, accountancy and many others unlike the past. He encouraged the need to help women to develop in all aspects of their lives and empowered. "In some places, women are kings and Presidents. Women can be found in all walks of lives and in other to empower women, we need attitudnal change. Men should stop stigmatizing women who ae trying to rub shoulders with them." He bemoaned that, girls must be sent to school, encuoraged to study hard and equipped with the necessary resources to succeed.
Mrs Francesca Hayford who led discussions during a panel session, said "We need to condition ourselves, our pupils and stakeholders in the journey ahead." She re-emphasized the need to socialize children to feel empowered, change our attitudes, and the need for us to work towards the change we desire. In her closing remarks, Mrs Attah said, the core of the discussion today is to change our attitudes towards issues of inclusion, equitable quality education and champion lifelong learning. We should take advantage of ICTs through Open resources to learn and advance. She also urged participants to continue advancing and propagating the message of attitudnal change and make their voices heard.
Credit: Sampson Adotey Jnr/PDA Ghana