Women encounter challenges every day. Apart from sharing their struggles over limited resources like jobs, access to land, many women face discrimination simply by virtue of being female. In our part of the world, young women possess the collective power to change their lives and their communities, yet that potential is often disregarded.
International Women’s Day is annually held on the 8th of March to celebrate women’s achievements in the past, present and future days. It is a day when women are acknowledged for their accomplishments without regard to their individual division, nationality, ethnic, cultural and economic background. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.This Day aims to highlight the importance of creating conditions for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and their equal participation in social development. The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality’. The theme is building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number five -Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls- and number 4 –Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
We, at the Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana believe that empowerment for women and girls are vital to the development of Northern Ghana. Women and girls that are empowered to basic education are better equipped to fulfil their potential and contribute their best effort to society. They are essential for a sustainable development and constructive progress of all of their family members, the household, communities and the nation as a whole. By achieving gender equality, sustainable development will be inclusive leading to a balance in every aspect at all levels of the society.
So, let us this year step it up together in both promoting and espousing the practice of gender equality in all our daily activity.