The Campaign for Female Education Association (CAMA GH) , Lambussie Chapter, an umbrella body of NGOs has organized a durbar in Chebogo in the Lambussie District of the Upper West Region in commemoration of this year’s international women’s day.
According to the Global Fund for Women (GFFW), Women’s rights are the fundamental human rights that were enshrined by the United Nations for every human being on the planet nearly 70 years ago. These rights include the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote and to earn a fair and equal wage.
The rights of women are fundamental in society and are well captured in the constitutions of countries and even the UN charters, yet many women around the world are being abused and discriminated against because of their gender.
It is on the basis of such reasons that, the International Women’s Day (IWD) was instituted. The day has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.
The International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme which states”I am a generation equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” seeks to promote gender equality and women’s rights. Celebrations to mark the day focus on driving campaigns to create gender balance, overcome bias and negative stereotypes associated with girls/women, create awareness on key issues/challenges of women etc.
The commemoration by CAMA Lambussie Chapter was characterized by a ground breaking Drama performance on teenage pregnancy by the Chebogo R/C Basic School pupils and speeches from the girl child officer in the District and other invited guest.
Madam Vida Polkuu who was the guest speaker at the ceremony in her speech raised concerns about some gender issues about early child marriage and teenage pregnancy.
She said, the spate at which young girls are getting pregnant and being forced into early marriages is worrying. She mentioned the Karni, Kpare, Koro and Chebogo belts in the District as the most affected. Madam Vida called for drastic measures to be taken by stakeholders within the district to salvage the situation in due course.
Emmanuella Puoriyela, Core Trainer with Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) emphasized the need for women to realize their full potential and live up to their aspirations. According to her, the mindset tagging women to the kitchen is stereotype and must be changed. She therefore called on her fellow women to seize this opportunity to speak up and fight for gender equality and their rights.
Alhassan Fatawu, District Program Coordinator for CAMFED in Lambussie admonished young girls to take proper care of themselves and desist from engaging in premarital and unprotected sex since it may lead to teenage pregnancy which may affect their education.
International Women’s day celebrated on the 8th day of March every year, has become a global day set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
By Bamie Tahir-Ahmed|myradiowaa.com|92.1fm|