“Let’s Ignite the Power in Women for Development” –Gender Mainstreaming Directorate

The Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (UEW) in collaboration with Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) – UEW and National Union of Ghana Students (UEW Chapter) organised a three-day event from 8th  – 10th March, 2018 to mark the 2018 International Women’s Day (IWD). 

The launching of this year’s IWD took place on Thursday March 8, 2018 under the theme “Igniting the Power of the 21st Century Ghanaian Woman Towards Nation Building” at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre, North Campus.

Speaking on the theme, Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages Education and Communication, Dr. Andy Birikorang said the power in women would be ignited to ensure that Ghanaian women also contribute their quota towards nation building.

“No country would ever develop if it leaves its women behind; all the countries that have developed have carried its women along. Therefore, as long as Ghana decides that women are inferior and should be left for the kitchen and other domestic activities, we will not develop.” He said.

The launching also saw the presence of the Dean of Graduate Studies, Prof. George Kankam as the Chairman, Deputy Registrar, Division of Human Resource, Mrs. Deborah Afful as a representative from the Registry, 1st Runner-Up of TV3’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful 2017, Helena Baaba Botchway and female students from various institutions in Winneba.

In his acceptance remarks, Prof. George Kankam indicated that the theme had been carefully selected to put forward the capability of the Ghanaian woman in nation building.

“As a University, this theme is to help eliminate gender inequality and to continue bridging the gap in gender issues. The University of Education, Winneba prides herself as one of the higher educational institutions in Ghana that is strongly committed to promoting gender mainstreaming for which it has a Gender Mainstreaming Directorate charged to spearhead the University’s gender activities.” He said.   

In a speech read on behalf of the Registrar, Surv. Paul Osei-Barima Esq, it was stated that the international theme was well thought out as a means of pressing for progress for women in UEW and the nation at large. He called for concerted efforts and action to speed up efforts for gender parity and equality.

There were Health Screening exercises on Cervical Cancer, Breast Cancer and Blood Donation at the Trauma and Specialist Hospital, Winneba and a Health and Girls Talk at Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre on Friday 9th March, 2018.  The three-day event ended on Saturday, 10th March, 2018 with Aerobics and Sports Fiesta at UEW Hand Ball Court, North Campus.