Source: Ben LARYEA
The caretaker Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms. Cecilia Abena Dapaah has hinted that women are the driving force of every economic transformation as well as the development of communities and societies.
She said women must be empowered since they are the integral parts of development and change agents in every field of endeavour hence they that must be adequately resource to contribute their quota effectively and efficiently for economic growth.
Madam Cecilia Dapaah addressing the media
Ms Cecilia Dapaah made this observation during the media launch of the commemoration of the 2022 International Women’s Day in Accra under the auspices of Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and supported by European Union and Global Affairs Canada under the theme, “Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow #Break Barriers.
Line up of activities in the weeklong celebration includes ‘What Do You Know Quiz’, seminar, cooking competition, among others in all the regions across the country.
According to her, the world will not witness growth and development if challenges confronting women are not adequately addressed, adding that it is for this reason that the United Nations have set aside on its calendar to celebrate women across the world of the great strides and achievements in nation building.
She said the global climate change as well as the Covid-19 pandemic have impacted negatively in all walks of life and working endeavours therefore women, girls and the vulnerable must be given the needed support to live up to their roles in the society.
According to her women are more prone to climate change impacts than men as they constitute the majority of the global poor and therefore challenge women’s group as well as stakeholders in the gender value chain to involve women in the methods of addressing climate change.
Ms. Dapaah who is also the substantive Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources said gender equality and climate change is key to the country’s development, adding that the policy frameworks must focus more on gender equality and production.
For his part, the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Charles Abani said women and girls must be empowered to help develop innovative solutions to support the socio-economic of their respective communities.
The Deputy Head of Missions, the E.U. Delegation to Ghana, Mr. Pieter Smith Van-Gelder said women must be supported in the cause of climate change and assured the Union’s support in the bid to enhance gender equality for economic growth and development.