Women urged to study Millennium Development Goals
Mrs Sabina Anokye-Mensah, National Focal Person on Gender and Energy Network-Ghana, has called on women to be conversant with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) so as to contribute towards its implementation.
She said some aspects of the MDGs concern women and therefore failure to be abreast with the document would make them less able to make meaningful contribution to their attainment.
Mrs Anokye-Mensah, who is also the Gender and Development Manager of Tema Office of the Gratis Foundation, made the call in a paper she presented on Energy and the MDGs at the just ended 2nd Civil Society forum on gender and the MDGs.
She mentioned the promotion of gender equality and women empowerment, reduction of child mortality, improvement of maternal health among others that directly bordered on women’s lives which required their inputs.
The forum, which was aimed at evaluating the critical role of women in the attainment of the MDGs, was organised by the Voices of the African Mothers (VAM) in collaboration with the MDG Global Watch for women’s groups, queen mothers and students.
Mrs Anokye-Mensah said energy was very important in our daily lives but expressed regret that the MDG did not capture it.
For instance, she said her outfit at the Gratis Foundation had empowered some women groups in the Northern Sector of the country to produce oil from the jathropha plant to run their machines for making items like pomade and soap.
Mrs Anokye-Mensah, therefore, encouraged women to muster courage to take up projects that would improve upon their lives and not always relied on their male counterpart for support.
On education she said the effort being made to promote girl-child education should not sacrifice that of the boys and therefore called for equal attention to be given to both sexes.
Nana Fosu Randall, Founder and President of the VAM said the report of the outcome of the forum would widely disseminated.