Gender Parity Quest for women empowerment shouldn’t be war against men – Samira

The wife of Ghana’s Vice President Mrs Samira Bawumia encouraged women to stay united and recognise men as partners instead of competitors “in the struggle” in order to fight for gender parity.

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Second Lady of Ghana, Samira Bawumia.

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The wife of Ghana’s Vice President Mrs Samira Bawumia has said that even though it is good to champion the course of women empowerment, it is not right to fight against men to attain such a feat.

She was speaking at the Global Women’s Empowerment event in Philadelphia, US on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

She encouraged women to stay united and recognise men as partners instead of competitors “in the struggle” in order to fight for gender parity.

She, however, said that “in all of this, let us be mindful of our approach.”

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“The quest for women empowerment should not be a war against men. It should not be a competition among women. We stand to win and gain when we work together. Let us see one another as partners in the struggle and not competitors for superiority,” she added.

She urged women to strive for positions of influence wherever they may be in the society.

“I will also encourage my colleague women to take up positions of influence where ever you find yourselves. If an opportunity to serve in a public office avails itself, let us grab it and help to shape policy and influence decisions that affect us.”

Mrs Bawumia encouraged women who have broken the glass ceiling to open doors for young females by serving as role models.

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“We cannot talk about women empowerment without emphasizing the invaluable roles of women in the industry, the women breaking the barriers in business and entrepreneurship. Women who are economically empowered are in a better position to implement the lofty ideals we espouse about women empowerment.”

“I, therefore, urge our distinguished female business executives here present to serve as ambassadors of global change and role models for young women. Use your influence and resources to support policies and agenda that are aimed at lifting up women. In your own way, look out for one another, stand by one another and let us dispel the dangerous notion that women are their own enemies. We are stronger when we achieve the critical mass in politics, industry and every worthy sphere of human endeavour. Let us make the deliberate effort to look out for talented young women who have the potential to rise to the top. Let us serve as their mentors and provide them with the encouragement not to give up on their dreams,” she emphasised.

“Let us work together to ensure peace and stability of our nations, knowing that girls and women are the worst affected in case of conflicts or social upheavals. Apart from the harrowing stories of sexual violence and the use of women as sex slaves, we are vulnerable in several other ways. Let us not focus only on sermonizing about women’s rights and ignore our participation in leadership and decision making.”

“If we have the opportunities, let’s grab them and strengthen the pillars of democracy. Women empowerment should be approached holistically; and with deliberate and sustained effort, we shall celebrate successes day after day no matter how moderate they are, until when we can look back and confidently declare that all women are able to express themselves freely and achieve their dreams,” Mrs Bawumia stated.

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