The fifth annual International Sheroes Forum has been held in Accra to honour and celebrate successful African women and empower the youth who continue to make strides in their various fields to better society.
Themed ‘Honouring the past, Treasuring the present, and Shaping the future’, this year’s conference seeks to provide women a new awareness of themselves as leaders in the corporate world, in politics, entrepreneurship and other areas, while also creating a platform for networking among women from diverse sectors.
Speaking at the opening, Flossy Techie-Menson – Founder and Executive Director of Sheroes Foundation, emphasised the need to groom a new generation of young, ambitious and intelligent women to start taking up leadership roles.
She said: “We are here to honour and support these women who pick up the gauntlet and run with it; we want them to know that whenever they feel the need to eventually look back – hey! they will see Sheroes there to support them”.
The founder in her speech eulogised one of the foundation’s members, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor, who recently became Liberia’s Vice President: “We are so proud and highly encouraged to see one of us, a ‘Shero’ make it to become the first female VP of the Republic of Liberia. These are the stories we love to celebrate”.
There is no doubt, according to Ms. Techie-Menson, that a colossal shift from the status quo has become imperative – urging countries across the globe to become more active in balancing the sex-ratio in politics.
She noted: “More female representation in politics is needed; not to only represent the issues facing women, but also to present role-models to young girls who currently feel dissuaded from entering the political realm”.
The Sheroes Foundation is an advocacy organisation headquartered in Ghana that promotes girl’s rights and women’s empowerment in Africa, with focus on economic and political empowerment as a means to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG5).
By electing more women to national, state, and local offices, the foundation also aims to infuse government and corporate environments.
Other high-profile personalities who attended the programme included the Okyenhene of Akyem Abuakwa, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panin; Prof. Uche Nnamdi Azikiwe from Nigeria; Cynthia Blandford – Honorary Consul for Liberia in Georgia; Gifty Twum-Ampofo – Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection; Matilda Amissah-Arthur, former Second Lady of Ghana, among many other dignitaries.