How UNAIDS, Gender & Children ministry celebrated Int’l Women’s Day

How UNAIDS, Gender & Children ministry celebrated Int’l Women’s Day

The African E-News

UNAIDS and Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ghana celebrated the 2015 International Women’s Day with Top 100 Women Leaders and Corporate Executives at the Labadi Beach Hotel on March 9, 2015 at 7pm.

Under the theme; Beijing +20 Advancing Women Empowerment; the celebration was in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, Ghana AIDS Commission, STRATCOMM Africa, MTN, Golden Movie Awards, and selected media personalities including Anita Erskine, Berla Addardey and Doreen Andoh.

The 2015 International Women’s Day falling on Sunday, March 8; Ghanaian women leaders gathered to discuss burning issues including women empowerment; raising boys and girls in the modern society; rape in relationships; balancing career and home making; disclosure of one’s HIV status; and what protection from HIV means in a marriages at the Labadi Beach Hotel.

The various discussions moderated by Anita Erskine of Viasat 1 TV, also saw Shirley Frimpong Manso’s movie, ‘Love or something like that’ screened to advocate for HIV integration in the women awareness and empowerment campaigns.

The movie recently received several nominations at the just concluded Africa Magic Movie Awards in Nigeria.

The event described as an ideal setting brought together women from three generations, which are women who participated in the Beijing Movement, young corporate executives and young students that witnessed the convergence of powerful and influential women from corporate Ghana.

As well as ambassadors, artistes, doctors, lawyers, movie producers, politicians, political leaders and students from various institutions.

With carefully selected audience from the various disciplines to allow cross generational dialogue on pertinent issues affecting women’s development agenda; the event provided an opportunity for dialogue, networking and cross fertilisation of ideas and establishment of partnerships.

The occasion was graced by the Second Lady, H.E. Matilda Amissah-Arthur and the Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings.

Others who were also in attendance included multiple award-winners, Shirley Frimpong Manso; Yvonne Okoro; Yvonne Nelson; Anita Erskine; Esther Cobbah; Dr Juliet Tuwakli; Fatima Ali Mohammed; Gena West; Becca; Efya; Victoria Michaels; Bee Arthur; and Celestine Donkor.

Notable participants included the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock; UNAIDS Country Director, Mr Girmay Haile; Deputy Ministers, Hon Mona Quartey; and Hon. Della Sowah; Ambassador Gifty Aba Siya of Ethiopia; Hon. Hawa Odametey; Hon. Samia Nkrumah; Eva Lokko; Jebet Amdany; Heidi Owu; Dr Alexandra Graham; Rotarian Nora Ben-Abbott; Eugenia Techie-Menson; Anita Wiafe-Asinor; Selly Galley; Kokui Selormey; Agnes Ntow; Caroline Sampson; Wiyaala; Ofie Kodjoe; and Stephanie Benson.

The event lived up to expectation and duly served its purpose.

The next major event aimed at empowering women is the UNAIDS Women’s Health Walk scheduled for March 28, 2015.


Editor’s Note: This piece was dubbed from 

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