Action For Parity Actionaid Launches 4 Womens Groups In Greater Accra

AAG’s Programme Manager for Greater Accra/Volta Region, Henrietta Lamptey, officially launches the women’s association

AAG’s Programme Manager for Greater Accra/Volta Region, Henrietta Lamptey, officially launches the women’s association

Over 15 years ago, ActionAid Ghana launched the Kpobiman Women’s Association.

The group consisted of mobilised women from the Kpobiman community and its environs in the Ga West District.

The objective was simple. To empower women.
Although women constitute more than half of Ghana’s population, they are one of the most marginalised groups in Ghana.

UNESCO estimates that of about 759 million adults lacking literacy skills, two-thirds are women.

In the United States, a wide gender pay gap exists. For every dollar a man is paid, a woman is paid 78 cents for that same job.

Out of 275 seats in parliament, women occupy just 30 in Ghana. This inequality affects how issues affecting women are mainstreamed and addressed.

In poor and marginalised communities, women have little access to education much less completing school, a factor attributed to early marriages, unpaid care work, and negative cultural practices in a patriarchal system that promotes the development of the male child as against females.

These and many other inequalities are the reason for the creation of women’s groups.

ActionAid Ghana’s women’s group members originate from the communities we work in.

The groups help women identify with each other’s development issues, leading them to motivate and challenge themselves.

Some of the objectives of the women’s groups include;

  • Promoting and strengthening women’s leadership, both as a goal in itself and to ensure that women’s concerns are prioritised in negotiations with stakeholders.
  • Organising women in the community for their social and economic development.
  • Empowering women through capacity-building on various issues including but not restricted to: sexual and reproductive health rights, unpaid care work, decent work and economic rights, leadership and participation in decision-making.

At the Kpobiman Women’s Association, the lives of women have been enriched through essential skills training in soap-making, bread and pastry making, and many others.

The President of the association, Selina Avevor, also doubles as the Assembly Woman for the Kutunse Electoral Area, helping to highlight the needs of women at the local community level.

Lauding the success of the Kpobiman Women’s Association, ActionAid Ghana, on 08 March, launched 4 more women’s groups. The occasion coincided with the International Women’s Day, a day set aside to recognise the social, political and economic achievements of women around the globe. The groups are the Treba Women’s Association, Havor Women’s Association, Opah Women’s Association and the Kotokakorpe Women’s Association.

46 year old Mercy Naadei Quansah joined the Kpobiman Women’s Association 16 years ago.

According to her, through their weekly meetings and payment of dues she was able to raise money and invest it. As a member of a credible organisation, she was also able to obtain loans from the bank to start her own business.

“For the past 2 years, I haven’t gone to take a loan from any bank. I used to be a hairdresser but with the training we received, I diverted and went into catering. Now I assist with the payment of bills at home, and also with paying for education of my children”

Mercy adds that with her empowered status, she is able to cater for 6 children, including some other members of her extended family.

Doris Appertey hopes to emulate Mercy’s success.

Secretary of the newly inaugurated Opah Women’s Association, the 44 year old says the success of the Kpobiman Women’s Association is motivation for her participation.

“We are hopeful that we can be as good as the Kpobiman women. They have a constitution that governs them and because of that, they have been diligent. I know that we can do the same.”

Doris has undergone training on various economic skills including soap-making, which she says she is eager to share with the 12 other members of Opah Women’s Association.

In the Greater Accra Region, AAG works directly in 22 communities within the Ga West, Ga East and Ga South municipalities.

The aim of the women’s groups is to mobilise women living in deprived and marginalised communities and empower them through economic skills training with the purpose of strengthening development in those areas.

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