Gender Mainstreaming Directorate Holds Leadership Seminar
The Gender Mainstreaming Directorate, in association with the Local National Union of Ghana Students (L-NUGS) Women's Commission and the GRASAG Gender Commission, has hosted a one-day colloquium for student leaders and staff of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).
The conference, which took place at the North Campus Mini-Conference Room on Thursday, 19th May, 2022, was under the theme “Journey to Leadership in the 21st Century: Overcoming Biases and Stereotypes”.
Addressing participants on the keynote topic: “Leadership in the 21st Century: overcoming biases and stereotypes”, the Dean, Faculty of Social Science Education, Prof. Lucy Effeh Attom, highlighted areas such as leadership in the 21st century, types of representations, the UN’s threshold on representation, barriers to gender equality in leadership and how to overcome the barriers.
Speakers (top L-R): Prof. Lucy Attom, Dr. Charlotte Lomotey, Prof. Asiedu-Addo and Prof. Sakina Acquah
She stated that there was still more work to be done to augment women’s representation in leadership positions even though the UN’s minimum requirement of 30% had been achieved in a few other areas. "Representation of women in Ghana has improved in the past few years. Looking at the 2017 data from the UN, women in parliament were just 13% but now they have progressed to 14% even though it is still below the mark."
A cross-section of student leaders and staff of UEW who graced the event
The Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages Education, Dr. Charlotte Fofo Lomotey, delivered the welcome address on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor Avoke. She praised the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate for its ongoing efforts to bring young men and women together annually to deliberate on leadership issues.
She urged participants to continue learning about leadership and to embrace the spirit of working together to achieve common goals.
"The University of Education, Winneba is on a journey to developing a superior atmosphere where academic and administrative leadership would work together to make the most impact on institutional growth and development," she stated.
The Dean, School of Graduate Studies (SGS), Prof. Samuel Asiedu-Addo, told participants in a presentation on "carving your academic/leadership path as a student" that leadership might occasionally come by surprise and not be intended from the onset. He indicated that this, notwithstanding, "A good leader is confident, resilient, knows how to communicate, and should have the habit of maintaining human relations with his or her followers."
Prof. Sakina Acquah, Dean of the Faculty of Educational Studies, made a presentation on the topic "Mentorship: A tool for leadership." She implored participants to learn how to interact effectively with mentors and urged mentors to communicate in a language that mentees would understand and easily relate to.
Also present at the conference were the Ag. Head, Gender Mainstreaming Directorate, Ms. Eva Annan, staff and student leaders in the University.