The 100th anniversary of International Womenâ€™s Day was celebrated all over the world on March 8th, with lists of top women featuring powerful women, celebrities and other well known personalities.
Hundreds of events occurred not just on that day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Ghanaian women were not left out of this important day.
Series of events took place which lead to bloggers and civil society organizations in Ghana expressing their opinions/comments on their various platforms.
In Ghana, the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs mandated that the Day should be commemorated with the Ghana Women of Excellence Awards Scheme which saw the First Lady; Her Excellency Ernestina Naadu Mills been the Guest of Honour.
The Awards Scheme was on the theme â€œEmpowering the Ghanaian Woman for National Developmentâ€ which in essence was to motivate Ghanaian women to strive for excellence in their various walks of life …and to take their rightful places in the national development process.
The scheme formed part of the celebration of International Women’s Day and the 1st Awards ceremony which was held at the Accra International Conference Centre yesterday, 8th March 2011.
Ghanaian Blogger & Bar-Camp Activist; Ato-Ulzen Appiah; author of â€œThe Vim Views & Versions – Blogs of a MIghTy Africanâ€ blog did an interesting and a well detailed post (with winners/awardees) on the ceremony which saw Dorothy Gordon; Director of Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT been honored for her role in ICT in Ghana.
Also, in an interview blog-post by co-founder of Nandi Mobile: Edward Amartey-Tagoe interviewed Farida Bedwei; the author of â€œDefinition of a Miracleâ€ as his International Womenâ€™s Day contribution article.
Farida got diagnosed with cerebral palsy and in a community where people suffering from this disease are routinely misunderstood and viewed as incapable of contributing meaningfully to the society; Edward decided to feature her by way of seeking answers to some questions from her.
The CS Monitor of which I occasionally contribute to; also had a self-explanatory article by Ariel Zirulnick which touched on, â€œWhat International Womenâ€™s Day was all about!â€
A list of 50 Inspirational African Feminists (pdf) from Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah of African Women Development Fund saw a couple of Ghanaian & other African women doing great things, have achieved success in their own ways and are impacting the lives of many others in their communities and beyond.
Below; I highlight on some of the Ghanaian Women who made it on this list:
- Professor Abena P.A. Busia : Rutgers University – Uniquely blending feminist activism with creativity and academia
- Professor Ama Ata Aidoo : Author/Mbaasem (Womenâ€™s Words) Production of outstanding African feminist literature
- Angela Dwamena-Aboagye : Ark Foundation – Operating the only shelter for survivors of Domestic Violence in Ghana
- Boakyewaa Glover : Writer/Blogger -Â Contribution to a renaissance of African womenâ€™s writing
- Dr Rose Mensah Kutin : Â Abantu for Development – Demonstrating stalwart leadership on women’s issues
- Lucy Mensah : Women United Against Aids in Ghana (WUAAG) – Establishing the first HIV& AIDS women only support group
- Professor Takyiwaah Manuh : Institute of African Studies (University of Ghana) – Dynamic social activism and contributions to academia especially around women’s rights
- Yaba Badoe : Film Maker/Writer – Directing and producing â€˜The Witches of Gambagaâ€™ Documentary, a powerful visual account of the abuse, and exploitation of women accused of witchcraft
Even though, the original list doesnâ€™t include Estelle Akofio-Sowah; I believe she deserves a spot and a mention when Influential Women in Ghana mentioned.
- Estelle Akofio-Sowah: Team Lead â€“ Google Ghana: Leading a team of Technologists from Google Africa to shape the future of ICT, Internet Policy Fomulation and Mobile internet in Ghana and Africa as a whole.
Photo Credit: Nnenna Nwakanma
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