The Acting National Director for Gender under the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection, Mrs. Thywill Kpe has said building equally balanced society to bring down gender inequality in our society involves both male and female.

She made this known at a one-day working meeting with “HeForShe” campaign advocates in the Western region within the Effia Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly (EKMA) on Friday, 23rd October 2020.

Mrs. Thywill Eyra Kpe, Acting National Director for Gender
Mrs. Thywill Eyra Kpe, Acting National Director for Gender

In a keynote address, Mrs. Thywill Kpe reiterated government in achieving the United Nation’s SDG Goal 5, hence Ghana’s participation in the “HeForShe” movement to eradicate gender inequality.

“Ghana has carried out many gender positive initiatives in the past quarter of the year. The ministry has since engaged four thousand five hundred and eleven (4,511) men and boys across the Southern sector and sensitized about five thousand five hundred and sixty-four (5,564) man and boys in 2019” she said.

The one day working meeting was chaired by the Paramount Chief of Lower Dixcove, Nana Kwesi Agyeman IX who appealed to the ministry to involve all stakeholders in achieving an equally balanced society way forward.

Nana Kwasi Agyeman IX Paramount Chief of Lower Dixcove

The country officially endorsed the “HeForShe” movement with a mammoth national launch by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on December 12, 2017.

There were three Presentations on Gender Equality/Inequality

FIRST PRESENTION; titled “Unpacking Gender, Masculinities and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)” by the Acting National Director for Gender, Mrs. Thywill Eyra Kpe.

SECOND PRESENTATION; by Madam Maribel Okine, Western Regional Director, Department of Gender, titiled: “HeForShe Campaign: Men Supporting Women”

THIRD PRESENTATION; by a Gender Activist, Mr. Agyapa Buah on the topic, “Achieving Gender Equality: Strategies for Effective Male Engagement”

Present at the event were representatives from security services, media, students, religious leaders, representative of the Western Regional Minister and a representative of the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) Ghana and private individuals.

Ghana has now become one of the internationally recognized countries in the “HeForShe” global campaign for gender equality and women empowerment initiated by the UN Women.

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