CEGRAD Marks International Women's Day at Yamoransa

The Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation (CEGRAD) joined the Yamoransa Community in the Mfantseman Municipality of the Central Region to commemorate the 2017 International Women's Day. The United Nations general theme for the International Women's Day was " Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030." A durbar held at Yamoransa to celebrate the day brought together scores of students and members of identifiable associations such as beauticians, bread sellers and kenkey sellers. Addressing participants on "Working Conditions in the Informal Economy," the Director of CEGRAD, Prof. Akua O. Britwum, said the United Nations as part of the commemoration of the day is calling for gender equality in the workplace by 2030. She noted that many women spend too many hours on household duties —cooking, cleaning, parenting- which affected them in their career development. She added that women look after younger siblings, older family members, deal with medical conditions in the family and manage the house. Prof. Britwum said unequal division of labour, unfair distribution of wealth and poor paid work, amongst others, were at the expense of hardworking women. She called for acknowledgment and protection for Women in the informal sector. The Director of CEGRAD urged women in the informal sector to save some of their proceeds and use it to pay their social security contributions so as to ensure income security in their old age. She encouraged parents to continue to invest in the education of their children, adding that it was the greatest asset that they could leave for their children. She touched on occupation health and safety, open market system, amongst others. In her address, the Director of Centre for National Culture (CNC), Madam Christiana Oparebea, who spoke on "Women in the Changing World of Work - opportunities for strengthening women enterprise in the informal economy," urged women in the informal sector to embrace technology to cope with the changing world of work. Madam Oparebea said competition in the world of work had become imperative for traders to market and package their wares, dress neatly and keep their environment clean to maintain and attract more customers. She called on the women to network in order to deepen the bond of fraternity and mutual support for one another. Madam Oparebea advised the students to disabuse their minds that vocational education was meant for less academically endowed students. She, therefore, encouraged parents to discard such notion and rather send their wards and children to such institutions. For his part, the Director of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance (DAPQA), Prof. Kofi Awusabo- Asare, who graced the function, congratulated Ghanaian women on the occasion of the International Women's Day. He urged students to take the study of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) seriously to improve the quality of their education pursuit. Prof. Awusabo-Asare urged women in the informal sector to patronise the ICT Centre in the Yamoransa community to help improve and enhance their capacity in today's world of work. Present at the programme were Nana Akwa II, the Chief of Kojokrom, and Mrs. Comfort Garbrah, the Assembly Woman of the Yamoransa Electoral Area, Dr. Genevieve Adukpo, the Coordinator of CEGRAD and other stakeholders in the Yamoransa Community.