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Step Ahead in Women Agenda

2007-06-26 21:30:14
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Women Assembly Members in the country have been advised to move steps ahead and set up women and children focused agenda to protect their rights and interest.

Ms. Fati Alhassan, a Gender Activist gave the advice at Dalun in the Tolon/Kumbungu District at the opening of a three-day capacity building workshop for 60 women Assembly Members from the Northern Region.

The Ghana Developing Communities Associations (GDCA), an NGO organised the workshop for the members from 12 districts in its operational area to equip them with the requisite knowledge in governance and the decentralisation system.

The workshop was also aimed at informing the women about their rightful roles and responsibilities as Assemblypersons and for them to adopt strategies to enable them to set an agenda for women and children’s development in societies.

Topics for discussion and for the women to learn included, the concept of the district assembly, its structure and the roles and responsibilities of assemblywomen, strategies and tools for setting women’s agenda in local governance and drawing of district specific action plans.

Ms. Alhassan, who was the resource person said women should learn to overcome challenges that they face in the Assemblies and work towards breaking the male dominance both at District Assemblies levels and at homes.

She said when women Assembly persons were able to initiate structures in the District Assemblies it would help facilitate decisions that concern women and children to promote national cohesion for development.

She advised the Assemblywomen to do things by forming sub-committees and desks offices at the Assemblies for their rights and that of children so as to achieve results. Mr. Osman Abdul Rahaman, Executive Secretary of GDCA said the

NGO had been engaged in a process of organizational development to strengthen the capacity of Community-Based Organisations ((CBOs), traditional institutions and other stakeholders.

He said the training of the Assemblywomen was one of the NGO’s objectives of building a strong network designed to promote good governance particularly at the district assembly level where Assemblywomen had a vital role to play.

He gave the assurance that GDCA would continue to mobilise funds to give the needed capacity building for development partners in the region for a desired change to transform society.

Mr. Hardy Tijani, project manager of GDCA/CBO Empowerment advised the women not to regard themselves in the assemblies as inferior but rather fight for their empowerment and that of children.

He said it was when women embarked on a course to break male dominance that there would be a transformed society with opportunities to benefit all, irrespective gender.

Some of the participants expressed gratitude to the GDCA for the programme and gave the assurance that they would implement what they have learnt to ensure that women Assembly members would become a source of empowerment for the vulnerable in society.


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