“These contributions, both at home and in our social life, have contributed so much to the world today,” she noted.
The commendation, which was part of a statement, copied to the Ghana News Agency, in Accra on Tuesday, is in commemoration of this year’s the International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8.
The annual event, is celebrated in many countries around the world, and approved by the United Nations, to acknowledge the achievements of women without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.
The United Nations (UN) has dedicated the commemoration of the Day to galvanising commitment towards speeding up the achievement of Global Gender parity by 2030.
Under the global theme is: “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” UN Women is thus organising a number of high-profile events in over 40 countries, where ordinary citizens, activists, musicians, athletes, students, security personnel, scholars and stock exchange officials would be among those who would commit to “Stepping It Up for Gender Equality.”
Mrs Mahama, in response to the clarion call, stated: “I join today, in commemoration of International Women’s Day, in Pledging for Parity as is being done across the world”.
She urged men and women in leading positions, to reach out to the young ones, and to take a stance to commit towards parity in all areas, such as the work place, home and school, because: “a stronger woman does not make a weaker man but a better home, workplace and school.”
Mrs Mahama said the idea was not to ask for help for women, but rather their recognition as a part in the world of humanity, because it was a great injustice to deny those who contributed to life, the ability to participate in its offerings.
The First Lady, who is also the President of the Lordina Foundation, however, expressed her encouragement that much progress had been made over the years with regards to issues of gender parity.
“Today, a young lady is hardly hindered in many places, including going to school to pursue a course that was previously reserved for men”.
She, therefore, urged society, and the country at large, to do more to close the gender gap that still existed in various areas across the globe.
She also pledged her commitment to the “Ending Child Marriage’ Campaign, which was recently launched by President John Dramani Mahama at the recent meeting of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV & AIDS, in Accra.
According to her, the campaign would open doors to many more girls who would like to have a future with better economic and social prospects instead of falling into the traditional quagmire of yesterday.
She said: “We must support and give a voice to the young girls who stand the risk of being married off or are already married off to men far older than them and yet are required to remain silent”.
“We will continue to make opportunities available not only to those who will reach out but also those who may not have the hands to stretch out due to ignorance or poverty. This is because, just as every boy and man can, so must every girl and woman be able to, reach out to a better world”.
Mrs Mahama explained that parity in its other sense also meant having the knowledge to make the right choices, that was why this year, she said, the Lordina Foundation, would focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in addition to its activities.
She said the strategies adopted at the just-ended 7th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights, on measures to educate young people their sexuality, would provide an avenue to reach out to many young girls and women, for them to be able to make the right choices regarding their Sexual and Reproductive Health issues.