Actionaid Ghana, a development oriented charity, has built and furnished a state of the art resource and research facility to empower women at Kpobiman in the Ga West District of the Greater Accra Region.
The 170,000 Ghana Cedi project, which forms part of the organisation?s ?Young Urban Women: Life Choices and Livelihoods Project?, was funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).
ActionAid Ghana, in collaboration with the Ark Foundation, an NGO, is implementing the project in rural and peri-urban areas of the Northern and Greater Accra Regions of Ghana.
Mr. Sumaila Abdul Rahman, Country Director, Actionaid Ghana, commended and appreciated the support of chiefs and people of Kpobiman and all civil society groups within the area toward the success of the project.
Mr. Rahman said Ghana, South Africa, and selected countries were currently benefiting from the project.
He said Actionaid had been working in the community for the past 13 years to help empower women, stressing that the project would ultimately address most problems faced by community members.
Madam Marilyn Aniwa, Board Chair, Actionaid Ghana, said the project, which was being supervised by Mrs. Henrietta Lamptey, a gender and development specialist,
sought to promote sex education and women?s rights through advocacy.
She added that the structure would also raise educational standard in the community, as it will encourage teaching and learning among students.
Mrs Henrietta Lamptey, Gender and Development Specialist, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that the project aimed to empower 2,000 young urban women to be economically independent and have dignity.
“They would also have control over their bodies, and their voices would be heard and recognised at national and international fora. We are targeting women between the ages of 15-25 years,” she added.
According to her, since the inception of the project in October 2013, selected young women had benefited from training programmes, which had enhanced their knowledge in Decent Work, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, Human Rights, Gender and Gender roles, unpaid care work among others.