Network for Young Women Empowerment in the Upper West Region in partnership with Plan International Ghana has organised a four-day capacity building workshop for young women on leadership skills and self development.
The training organised for some 30 young ladies carefully drawn from five districts of the Upper West Region was aimed at building and helping to unearth the potentials of these young ladies as well as equipping them with the needed leadership skills in order to get them empowered and fit well in society.
The four day long event was graced under the theme dubbed “Self development, unearthing the leadership skills of our young ladies”.
Chairperson of the Network, Miss Ida Nakaari, says every woman has the potential of becoming a leader but was quick to add that most women do not get the needed platform and self development training, hence the motivation behind the move taken by Network for Young Women Empowerment (NYWE) to get the young girls trained who will in turn be change makers in their various communities.
“The workshop is a self development workshop that will empower them and build their capacities so that when they get back to their various communities they will serve as change makers. We at NYWE believe that every woman no matter how young the person is, has the potential of being a leader, it’s just the matter of unearthing it and giving them the platform” she noted.
Miss Ida seized the opportunity and reminded parents to up their game in providing for the young ladies, their basic needs and mentoring them in order for them not fall as prey for the young men to impregnate them all in the name of giving them the basics needs parents suppose to provide. She says teenage pregnancy can be reduced if parents and other relevant stakeholders including the media all come together to advocate for the vulnerable ladies instead of always blaming them when they get pregnant. The Chairperson expressed her gratitude to Plan International Ghana for always supporting them to carry out such activities.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jane Lobnibe, Lecturer at the SDD-University for Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS) who made a presentation on public speaking and lobbying skills at the occasion, charged the young girls to be courageous, confident and be ready to persevere in the execution of their duties. She also expressed her excitement and thanked the organisers for coming forth with such an initiative.
However, Mr. Geoge Dery one of the resource persons who also made a presentation on ‘leadership and conflict management’ urged the young girls to take their education serious and enrich themselves with the requisite skills to take leadership mantles as and when they are available before them.