As part of measures outlined to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day celebration, the Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry of Ghana has launched some series of activities, starting with fun games at the Elwak Sports Stadium ahead of the main event on March 8, 2018.
The games begun with a football match held between a combined team of staff members from the Gender Ministry and the Prisons Ladies Association against the Soccer Academy Young Girls. This manifested in a spectacular performance by both teams but the Soccer Academy Young Girls lifted the ultimate trophy for the day.
There was also a dancing competition and a thug of war between mothers and school children all organized today March 3, 2018 and winners were given awards accordingly.
Delivering her keynote speech, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba commended all participants for turning out massively for the games. She encouraged them to develop self confidence and always believe in their dreams and aspirations. She said nothing should deter them from persuading their dreams even if it is almost impossible. “This is your time, I urge you all women and girls of Ghana to reach out to the stars and be who you want to be no matter how difficult the situation may be, she stated.”
The theme for the 2018 UN International Women’s Day is: “Women too: press onto the progress as game changers”. According to the minister, there will be a Church Service at the forecourt of the Ministry of Gender on Sunday, March 4 and followed by media engagement on Monday March 5. This Hon Djaba indicated is to sensitize the public on the need to support women to realize their full potentials.
“There will be a walk in Accra involving women across the ten regions of Ghana, followed by a rally on 7th March at the Independence Square. There will also be a lecture and a forum chaired by the First Lady, H. E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo to climax the commemoration of the 2018 International Women’s Day on 8th March” Madam Otiko disclosed.
The International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The IWD has been observed since the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.
story by: Mohammed Gadafi, northstarfmonline.com