Ghana’s First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has been leading other prominent women in the country to call for an end to violence and discrimination against women as the world celebrates International Women’s Day today, March 8, 2017.
Addressing a group of women at special ceremony to commemorate International Women’s Day, Mrs Akufo-Addo said it was important for the nation to recognise women whose contributions got “us closer to gender parity”.
“We know we still have a long way to go, there is so much to be done,” Mrs. Akufo-Addo stated. “Our women cannot wait any longer, our girls cannot wait any longer, we have customary laws that discriminate against women in land ownership, still have violence against women, women lack the necessary support to participate in politics that’s why we need to come together to empower and change the lives of women and our society”.
She added: “It is important that as we forge on, we remember the many women who have made great contributions to get us closer to gender parity. Women who have empowered other women and inspired us all. Let us acknowledge some of these women. Nana Yaa Asantewaa who taught us that gender, size or circumstances should not stop us. Women MPs of the First Republic like Susana Al-Hassan, Sophia Doku Grace Ayensu and seven others, who taught us that politics is not for men, but for humanity. Esther Ocloo first chairwoman of Women’s World Banking, one of the pioneers of micro lending to women, who taught us women deserve equal access to financing. Air force pilot Melody Millicent Danquah who flew the blue skies in a male dominated space”.
Mrs. Akufo-Addo is hoping Ghanaian women will get the needed support from the Ghanaian society to succeed in their endeavors. According to her, despite the progress made in empowering women over the years, more remain to be done for young girls and women to realise their full potentials.
Celebrations in Ghana are focusing on economic empowerment of rural women.