The Eastern Regional Women caucus of National Association of Local Authority of Ghana (NALAG) in collaboration with Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has observed this year’s International Women’s Day in Koforidua in the Eastern region.

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8 which gives focus to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, violence and abuse against women.

On this account , the Eastern Region NALAG Women wing scheduled 28th March , 2024 to observe the event on the theme ‘ Count Her in: Invest in Women Accelerate Progress’ .

In attendance were Eastern Regional Coordinator- NALAG Regina Bempong , Esi Benewaa Otoo Gender Equality Project Officer- NALAG, Evelyn Dansoa Boateng TVET Director E/R and doubles as 2nd Vice Chairperson -NALAG , as well as women assembly members , market queens and some business women in the Municipality.

Addressing the media at the sidelines of the program, Regina Bempong Eastern Regional Coordinator-NALAG vilified the prevalence of gender inequality saying it has impeded the progress of women in this part of the world and lingered it way into our governance system.

“We want ladies to appreciate that we can do better so they shouldn’t limit themselves everywhere they find themselves”

” I want to also urge that authorities or even government should invest in women on the field of agric, local governance , agencies and institutions because we want gender equality in every facet of live”

“women should be encouraged to take important leadership roles in politics and must also invest in our young girls who are in schools in the field of technical and vocational courses , engineering , science and mathematics which normally perceive as male dominated area so that as a country we produce many female engineers and scientist in the near future” Madam Regina Bempong advocated for gender equality.

Hon. Anita Gyedu , the only female assembly member for Afiduase Ogua electoral area in the New Juaben North Municipality testified on the challenges women who participated in the just ended district assembly elections encountered by, attributing it as discrimination against women which does not foster gender equality in the local governance architecture of Ghana.

She however, encouraged women to rise up to the occasion in all future elections and let their voice be held.

Credit: Nana Kwasi Asare/Ansah Stephen