A two-day seminar has been organised by the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate for beneficiaries of the CAMFED-MasterCard Scholarship and Vodafone Scholarship. The Seminar which formed part of activities to mark the maiden edition of CAMA week celebration was held from Wednesday, 29th March, 2017 to Thursday, 30th March, 2017.

CAMA is the UEW branch of the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) Association. It is made up of all the beneficiaries of the CAMFED scholarship.

The two-day event brought together 150 participants made up of beneficiaries of CAMFED-UEW and Vodafone Ghana, who were at various levels of their education at UEW, and other students of UEW to talk about issues under the theme: “Harnessing Resources for Development: The Role of Women.”  

The topics discussed included handling harassment and abuse, managing multitasking and handling the challenges of living as good examples: gender perspective.

Presenting on the topic “Handling Harassment and Abuse” The Ag. Director of the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate Ms. Obaapanin Oforiwaa Adu entreated the participants to desist from any actions that violate or create an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for another person. She added that UEW does not tolerate any form of harassment or victimization and expects all members of the University community, students, staff and other stakeholders to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration.

An Assistant Registrar at the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate, Ms. Georgina Tibu, shared with the students safety tips on how to handle harassment and abuse. She urged participants to be bold to seek assistance on matters which concern the handling of harassment and abuse. She noted that staff of the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate are willing to offer assistance to students who go through abuse and harassment.

On the second day of the Seminar, a Senior Instructional Technologist at the Division of Academic Affairs, Ms. Patricia Appiah-Boateng took participants through Managing Multitasking. In her presentation, she noted that there was the need for students to understand that they would be required to multitask at some point in their life. She observed that women are expected by society to multi task and perform multiple roles. As a result, she entreated participants to manage their resources very well especially their time so that they will be able to achieve results even with the limited time available to them.

A Lecturer and a Graduate Programme Coordinator at the Department of Communications and Media Studies, Dr. Andy Ofori-Birikorang made a presentation on “Handling the challenges of living as good examples: Gender perspective”. According to Dr. Ofori-Birikorang, there was the need for participants to lead exemplary lifestyles worthy of emulation and be role models to their colleagues. He urged participants to be knowledgeable about gender issues since, as women, those issues go a long way in determining the kind of positive role models they present to people. He further indicated that participants need to indulge consciously in what he termed ‘gender bias cleansing’ in order to live as positive examples. He urged participants to become gender activists in order to deconstruct the stereotypes about women that prevent more females from becoming excellent role models for other young ladies. Dr. Ofori-Birikorang also urged them to rise above the challenges that face women and exude positive energies that would enable them achieve excellent results in their studies.

The President of CAMFED-UEW, a level 300 student of English Education, Ms. Francisca Adzimah, urged her colleagues to be committed to their personal development to build their capacities so that they would be able to assist others to also unleash their full potentials as well. She noted that “many a time we forget to develop ourselves as we help others become better people in life.”

Prior to the seminar, outreach programmes were carried out by CAMA ladies for Basic School Pupils in the Effutu Municipality to discuss issues ranging from teenage pregnancy, hygiene and courses they could pursue at the Senior High Schools and the University of Education, Winneba.

Source: Media Relations