2018 International Women’s Day Launched in Ghana

March 1, 2018 10:47 am

The Minister for Gender Children and Social Protection, on 1st March, 2018 launched the 2018 International Women’s Day in Accra with series of events to commemorate the day on 8th March. Ghana’s theme for this year’s celebration is: #Women Too – Press to Progress as Game Changers.

Addressing the press about the activities scheduled for commemoration of the day, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba said March is a special month for the people of Ghana, as the country celebrates its 61st Anniversary of Independence and the International Women’s Day on the 6th and 8th of March respectively.

In the words of the Gender minister, the International Women’s Day (IWD) has a unique relevance and resonance with her Ministry and all women in Ghana.

“This is the day which has been dedicated by the United Nations (UN) as the day on which the whole world must reflect on and acknowledge not only the enormous and incalculable contributions of women to the achievement of better livelihoods for humanity, but also to ponder about the travails and tribulations of women as we continue to battle against inequality, injustice, violence, sexual exploitation and discrimination”.

The sector Minister disclosed that the UN has announced this year’s theme as Time is now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s lives” to draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over 25% of the world’s population.

“Ghana will focus on the immediate concerns as Ghanaian women and the peculiar demands of the socio – cultural environment. With the theme, “Women Too: Press to Progress as Game Changers”, “we aim to use the days leading up to 8th March to undertake a series of activities and advocacy that will fix the spotlight firmly on the urgent need to refocused attention on institutional and socio- cultural barriers that are preventing women from enjoying an adequate standard of living, a life free of violence and harmful practices, access to land and productive assets, food security and nutrition, decent work, education and  health, including our sexual and reproductive health and rights, ” Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba elaborated.

The Gender Minister frowned on FGM, and urged communities to desist from the practice, “While we have made significant and tremendous progress as women, it is disheartening and dispiriting to learnt that a despicable and dehumanizing practice like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is on the upsurge in some parts of the Upper East Region” she lamented.

Hon. Otiko added “no longer men in front and women behind, and no more women in front and men behind, but we want side by side situation” means men and women should be each other keeper’s. She added.

International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year. This day celebrates the social, economic and political achievements of women across the world. The day also focuses on unity, equality and support especially in a place where the differences and injustices between women and men are as great as ever.