Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama Zakaria, the deputy Chief Executive Officer for Micro Finance and Small Loans Center (MASLOC), has appealed for conscious efforts to economically empower rural women to be self-sufficient.
CEO for Micro Finance and Small Loans Center (MASLOC), Hajia Abiba Shanni Mahama Zakaria, has called for an intentional effort to economically empower women in rural Ghana.
She said while most women in rural areas are the backbone of their families and the society, they are the least empowered.
Hajia Abibata raised this concern when she joined the women in the Yendi Municipality to mark 2019's mother’s day.
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She emphasized that ''when you empower women, they are able to take decisions by themselves and also take care of home whether the husband is there or not.''
‘‘So if women are empowered they are able to take care of the children’s education and the other aspects of life,” Hajia Abibata added.
The event was the first of its kind in the municipality and it brought together over 200 mothers from Yendi and surrounding communities.
She reiterated that the role mothers play cannot be overstated with words while noting that it is common to find among rural mothers single-handedly striving to raise a home.
Hajia disclosed that they go to the market, farm and come back home to cook while the fathers sit outside under pavilions and chat with their peers.
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Sadly, all their hard work and toils are barely appreciated.
Over 200 mothers were presented hampers with assorted items as part of the celebrations.
Some of the women decried that they have never been appreciated in any special way. Adding that they only hear of Mother’s Day on Television.
One of the mothers, Rukaya Issahaku said, “I did not know today was mother’s day if not for this occasion, and have never received any surprise on this day. I thank Hajia for this initiative.”
Amina Issah, also a mother said her daughter called to wish her but she never received a gift.
“I have three children, I took care of them alone. I don’t have any support. My daughter called me today to wish me and I was happy. This hamper is the first gift I have ever received on this day. It will help me a lot.”
Hajia Abibata Shanni used the occasion to announce her ambition to contest for the Yendi constituency parliamentary primaries for the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
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