Hajia Alima Sagito-Saeed, the Executive Director of SWIDA-GH, said issues of high importance of gender-based roles and responsibilities faced by women in Ghana need to be tackled with a strong voice to help raise the status of women in society.
Such issues as low level of women’s participation in decision making in communities, less attention given to women at the various MMDAs, traditional and religious sectors, administration among others. She said women can also contribute meaninfully to the development of their communities, assemblies and national policies when they come together and tackle their shortcomings.
Hajia Aliamah said this at a sensitization meeting with women groups in the Savannah regional capital Damongo, at the RCC conference hall on Monday 2nd November, 2020.
The one day Program was aim at sensitizing the women in the Savannah region on the need to join NETRIGHT to help them create connections, form powerful units and fight for their rightful places in society. The sensitization also promoted the idea of gender equality at all levels in the Savannah region for women.
Hajia Alimah urged all the women groups in the region to join NETRIGHT.
The Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana ( NETRIGHT) is a network of civil society organisations and individuals who have a clear interest in gender perspective and related issues.
NETRIGHT, as part of its mission is to promote women’s rights in Ghana through the critical analysis of gender dimension of national processes and gender justice in Ghana.
Hajia Alimah explained that networking in the 21st century is a must and the participants must add that to their everyday life and create connections around themselves. A core principle of NETRIGHT is to avoid duplication among the activities
of its members “, she added.
The platform brought together various women groups, queen mothers, religious mothers and women youth groups across the Savannah region.
Hajia Alimah called on the participants to join NETRIGHT to get a proper forum for sharing ideas, development concerns, providing
alternative approaches to gender equality work and amplifying the voices of women’s rights groups in order to influence national policy discourse and that stakeholders must begin incorporating a
human rights discourse into work on women’s equality whilst also working towards economic justice for women in national policy-making.
As a network, NETRIGHT believes that years
of discrimination and oppression of women inhibit Ghana’s efforts at national development, she added.
The principles guiding NETRIGHT’s choice of activities on its
key thematic areas include economic justice for women; gender and natural resources;
Mr Ken Addae,
Executive Director for The Human Development Group (THUDEG) called on the participants to develop keen interest and join the platform. This, he said will help the women speak up and also learn more about how women groups are formed.
Mr Addae lamented how the Shea trees and other economic trees in the Savannah Ecological Zone were being destroyed through illegal logging and urged them to stand up and fight for their rights.
The President of the Northern regions Queen Mothers Association of Ghana, Kansawurche, expressed gratitude to the organizers and said the program came at the right time and appealed to all women groups in the region to join NETRIGHT for a stronger voice to fight for women in society. The rights of women have been neglected by society for a long time and the time has come for women to unite and fight for their right place, she added.
Source: Padfmonline / Abdulai Zulkaninu