The Executive Women Network (EWN), Ghana’s leading organisation for women leaders in business and entrepreneurship, has called for greater participation by women in the country’s economic transformation and of the continent as a whole.
Making the call, in a statement ahead of commemorating International Women’s Day 2019, the Network’s Chairperson, Pearl Esua-Mensah, congratulated women in Ghana for playing leading roles in their communities, and challenged them to push the boundaries to become true agents of economic transformation.
She said: “EWN joins women all over the world to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day. On this occasion, we would like to congratulate women in Ghana for the incredible leadership they continue to show in their communities, and at the national and global levels.
“The global celebrations highlight the invaluable contributions women continue making to global peace and economic transformation. As we celebrate how far we have come, it is also time to reflect on the role we play in pushing for equality at all levels, building strong institutions, and driving break-through innovations that foster growth and prosperity for all.
“We take this opportunity to encourage women in Ghana and across the African continent to be relentless in putting themselves forward as agents for change and economic transformation. Let’s continue to push forward for the change we want to see in our communities, country and continent,” she concluded.
The 2019 celebrations, under the theme ‘Think equal, Build smart, Innovate for change’, focus on innovative ways to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services, and sustainable infrastructure.
As part of month-long activities to celebrate the commemoration, the Network is collaborating with Charterhouse Productions to embark on a tour of selected Senior High Schools across the country to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders.
The first session was held at Accra Wesley Girls High School, where scores of young ladies were empowered to lead boldly and be agents of change in their communities.
The Network has been in the forefront of pushing for inclusion and parity at the workplace, and in community and national leadership. Through its advocacy work and annual conference, EWN has led a consistent agenda to transform Ghana’s narrative on the global stage, and to position the country positively for business, investment and tourism.
The Network, with an ambition to inspire, empower and support women across the country, has instituted community initiatives that support women in vulnerable communities to be economically empowered and have a voice in their local communities.
EWN last year launched its ‘Lifting as We Rise’ initiative to empower the next generation of women leaders.