Mr Sumaila Abdul-Rahman, Country Director of ActionAid Ghana, has expressed satisfaction about the progress made in the implementation of its programmes particularly in areas of human rights and women empowerment interventions.
He said: ?As usual, our Human Rights-Based Approach proved useful and strategic in deploying people to lead the change process in their own communities, which we worked through our already existing local community structures to deepen advocacy on basic human rights.?
The 2014 Annual Report of ActionAid Ghana, catalogued a number of successes chalked out in the year under review and also enumerated other programmes and projects to be undertaken in the coming years, which among others would build the capacity of the underrepresented and vulnerable sections of communities.
Mr Abdul-Rahman said ActionAid worked earnestly with its sponsorship communities and venture into new development areas such as local assembly governance and women leadership programmes there were marked progress in all the regional level interventions resulting in the participation of more women in school governance structures in local communities.
He said through its activities women and girls are taking bold and proactive steps to influence decisions regarding the education of children while few women also filed and contested in the district level elections.
He said the huge numbers recorded in men participation in leadership roles as compared to the abysmal performance of the few women called for intensification of its programme-related capacity development efforts and increased advocacy to attract more women into leadership.
He said ActionAid?s Young Female Parliament programme and the Global Platform training hub in Tamale have proven very effective in stimulating women?s participation in the governance process, which would be given more attention.
Mr Abdul-Rahman said the Young Urban Women Project of ActionAid, a Norwegian Development Agency sponsored the youth development project, which has progressed and is seeking to equip 2,000 young ladies with employable skills for decent work.
It is also meant to empower the young girls to be more assertive in defending their sexual reproductive health rights.
He said the NGO in collaboration with partners is more rewarding in terms of programmes development and advocacy impact.
He mentioned other success stories as the education and food security programmes, which in collaboration with the Ministry of Education on the Compulsory Basic Education, has ensured that many out-of-school children are returning to the formal education system.
Source : GNA/newsghana.com.gh