UEW Gender Mainstreaming Directorate Celebrates Womanhood

The Gender Mainstreaming Directorate, University of Education, Winneba (UEW) in conjunction with the Ghana Education Service (GES), Effutu Municipality, has reached out to women at the heart of fisheries in Winneba to celebrate and recognise their achievements towards social change.      

The programme, held at the Nana Kwabena Gyan Community Centre at Sekagyaano, a suburb of Winneba, was part of the activities to mark the 2022 International Women’s Day. It was under the theme “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow – Breaking the Biases”.  

Prof. Francis Owusu Mensah, reiterates the University's efforts in helping SHS and College graduates further their education

Prof. Francis Owusu Mensah, Principal, College of Distance and e-Learning, chaired the event on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor Avoke. In his remarks, he emphasised that UEW cherishes the competencies of its female employees because of their anchoring potential in revolutionising any nation or society.

He promised that UEW would continue to encourage women, particularly new senior high school and training college graduates, to make deliberate efforts to further their formal education at the University of Excellence to become more beneficial to society and motherland, Ghana. 

Keynote speaker, Dr. Theresa Amu, calls on all and sundry to  take action in breaking the bias 

The keynote speaker, Dr. Theresa Amu, in her address expounded that the day had been set aside to acknowledge and make people aware of women’s rights, gender equality, parity and call to action for accelerating women’s equality. 

She expressed hope that the theme for the global celebration would continue the opening and expansion of avenues for women to stand up to their full stature as well as take steps to remove barriers and biases that continue to militate against women to attain their potential. 

“Women, for far too long have been in the background and in the shadows of men to the extent that it was difficult for a woman to come into the limelight to exhibit her full potential but now there are avenues and opportunities that can be exploited for women to stand on their feet and we will have to rise to the occasion,” the Head of Family Life Management, UEW stated. 

Dr. Theresa Amu asked all women to unite to tear down the biases that dehumanise women and promote equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.

Some activities  earmarked for the day

As part of the activity, five women were recognised for their significant contributions to the development of their communities. The students of the Presbyterian Junior High School in Winneba also put up an uplifting drama presentation on the importance of investing in the academic training of girls.

The event was graced by eminent personalities in the Effutu Municipality namely Hon. Alhaji Zubairu Kassim (Municipal Chief Executive Officer), Mrs. Mabel Judith Micah (Municipal Director for Education), Hon. Kofi Kum (Assembly Member), Ms. Phoebe Adjei (Head, Department of Social Welfare and Community Development), Ms. Rose Abbiw (GES); and Ms. Comfort Madah Kutum (Lecturer at UEW).   

Staff at the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate who organised and made the programme successful were Ms. Eva Annan (Ag. Head), Mrs. Karen Okoro (Principal Administrative Assistant), Ms. Florence Akosua Nketiah (Service Person) and Ms. Gabriella Akosua Serwaa Mackay (Service Person).  

Some participants in a group picture after the event