Second Lady of Ghana, Mrs Samira Bawumia, has urged African governments to prioritise women issues in decision-making process by ensuring women’s inclusion in national development
The wife of Vice President Bawumia has called for women’s participation in national development and asked African governments to make pivotal the women issues in decision-making processes.
She advocated the importance for women and girls to be given equal access to education, healthcare, decent work and representation in political and economic decision-making processes.
And pressed on people to help confront all forms of sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women which continue to delay their economic development.
Mrs Bawumia, championed this narrative during a keynote address at the “Faces of Africa” summit at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Maryland, USA.
The annual summit was held on the theme: “Achieving Gender Equality and Empowerment of Females: African Women on the Frontline” which is inclined with the vision of her not-for-profit organization, the Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Projects (SEHP).
The event was organised by the African Public Health Network (APHN), of the university, which aimed to promote conversations on public health and gender equality in Africa.
It is also undertaken to highlight women who are making strides in the socio-economic and political areas of the continent.
Mrs Bawumia praised the achievements of some African governments that continue to encourage women participation in governance while indicating that there has been significant strides to accelerate the progress of women in Africa owing to deliberate efforts to eliminate limitations that challenged women’s participation in politics and governance.
Mrs Bawumia, touched on the subject of health as a champion of maternal health by advocating for African governments to provide quality healthcare for women.
She indicated that education and skill acquisition were extremely important for young girls to realize and materialize their potentials while improving the socio-economic growth.
Mrs Bawumia’s Foundation, initiated a number of critical interventions in the areas of health, education and women empowerment, including the ‘Safe Delivery Project’, an initiative that sought to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in deprived communities.
The Foundation has also equipped and retooled selected health facilities in deprived communities in Ghana.
SEHP’s ‘Library-In-A-Box’ project distributed over 40,000 books to 60 schools in 10 regions.
At least 40,000 pupils are expected to benefit from the donation.
This is in fulfilment of a desire to improve literacy and inculcate a culture of reading among students in Ghana, especially the girl child.
The SEHP with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched a Coalition of People against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Harmful Practices (CoPASH).
Mrs Bawumia was recently named the “Queen of Humanitarian Projects” by the Human Achievers Foundation in India.
She was also crowned the “African Woman of Excellence 2018” by the Africa Union and the Diasporan African Forum.
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