INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY LAUNCH AND INTER SCHOOL DEBATE - Newsfile Online

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY LAUNCH AND INTER SCHOOL DEBATE



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The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection through the Department of Gender on Tuesday, 24th February, 2020 launched this year's International Women's Day Celebration under the theme :I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights in Ghana at the forecourt of the Ministry.

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison said the commemoration of the International Womens Day provides the opportunity for the country to reflect on her efforts made towards the achievement of gender equality and womens empowerment.

She added that the International Womens Day also serves as a call on Policy makers and Government around the world to ensure the achievement of gender equality.
She went on to say that the Generation Equality campaign demands equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to sexual harassment and all forms of violence against women and girls.   

Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison said the Ministry which is mandated to promote gender equality and womens empowerment has made several efforts towards achieving its mandate. This she said was done through institutional, administrative, social, protection and legal reforms like the promotion of Gender Mainstreaming in all governing process, Gender responsive budgeting in respective MDAs and MMDAs, LEAP programme, a national Gender Policy and a strategy to end Adolescent  Pregnancy.   

Dr. Mrs. Comfort Asare, Acting Director, Department of Gender in her remarks said the launch and Inter School Debate was to engage students in order for them to understand what Gender Equality is. This she said will help change the perception of students towards Gender Equality issues. She added that Gender Equality means promoting Justice and enhancing development. 

An Inter School debate was organised among four (4) Senior High Schools as part of activities marking the Launch of the International Womens Day and was moderated by Mrs. Christiana Gockel a retired civil servant sector expert and gender activist currently working with an NGO,  Insight Foundation Ghana.

The Participating schools in this years International Womens Day debate includes Presbyterian Boys Senior High School, Odorgonor Senior High School, Accra Wesley Girls Senior High School and OReilly Senior High School.

The motion for the debate was Long Walk to Womens Right, an Equal World is an Enabled World. The debate presented the opportunity to actively engage girls and boys on their scope of knowledge about Womens rights.

Odorgonor Senior High School emerged the overall winner while Accra Girls Senior High came second. The third and fourth position went to Presbyterian Boys Senior High School and OReilly Senior High School respectively.

Source: newsfileonlin.com

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