HE Lordina Dramani Mahama, President of the Lordina Foundation and former First Lady of Ghana, has in a message on International Women’s Day noted that the world owes it a duty to offer women all the support they need to fully exploit their potential and creativity.
International Women’s Day, commemorated every March 08, has as its theme for 2017, ‘Women in the changing world of work: Planet 50:50 by 2030’.
Mrs. Mahama argues that there there can be no other time than now for the world “to recognise the woman as a competent partner with our male counterparts in building our world.”
Below is the full statement released by HE Lordina Dramani Mahama.
MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
FROM MRS LORDINA DRAMANI MAHAMA, FORMER FIRST LADY
OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA & PRESIDENT OF THE LORDINA FOUNDATION
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, I salute all women of Ghana and congratulate you for your hard work, dedication, commitment and often unrecognized but hugely significant contribution towards the development of Ghana.
Today is our Day. It belongs to the sister who spun the cotton yarn, the woman who tilled the soil, the one who defied the scorching sun to earn a living for her family, and that woman who nursed the sick baby back to health.
I applaud the achiever who has left that sterling mark of excellence and professionalism in our hospitals, our classrooms, at the pulpit, in the mosque, parliament, our courts, security services, and all other places of work.
I pay homage to that multi-tasker who aside from looking after our homes and our young ones, diligently work in our markets, on our farms and at the beaches in order to cater for the needs of the family.
In this light, the theme for this year’s celebration, ‘Women in the changing world of work: Planet 50:50 by 2030’ is timely. Indeed, the time is now for the world to recognise the woman as a competent partner with our male counterparts in building our world.
The world owes it a duty to offer the woman all the support she needs to fully exploit her potential and creativity.
Yes! Women add immeasurable value to the lives of our families. We provide sustenance, and boost the socio-economic growth of our communities and our nation. We have shaped the destiny of our motherland and we will continue to do so for as long as there is life on earth.
Despite our changing roles and increased number of women who enter the Ghanaian workforce each year, we are still able to multitask and care for the family. I am excited, that the Supreme Court of Ghana has legally recognized our unpaid work. This is an important victory.
In line with the theme of ‘women in a changing world of work’, I acknowledge efforts by women who work for a living in Ghana. Most of our working women are parents who work in the informal sector and many work under dire conditions, yet are striving and dedicated to make a world of difference in the lives of their families.
There is no turning back for us now. We are women of the 21st century, who dream big and have big visions– visions to create better opportunities for our girls, better careers, better education for the girl child, a better work environment and working skills that would create bigger and better employment, decent work for women and break down barriers we face when we work as women.
The future is bright; we will work hard together to eliminate cultural practices like child marriage, and gender based violence, so that we create the right environment and opportunities for women to do decent work in Ghana.
Let us take advantage of the technological age, educational opportunities and skills training to ensure that we achieve our global target of 50-50 representation of women in the workforce by 2030.
As we turn 60 as a nation, the Ghanaian woman stands tall.
This day is for all women of Ghana.
Wednesday March 08, 2017.