As part of the of International Women’s Day celebration, Ghana’s First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 7 March 2019 engaged some women entrepreneurs on how they can help drive change in the lives of young underprivileged girls in society.
According to Mrs. Akufo-Addo, the women entrepreneurs agreed to mentor and train girls under her “Because I want to be” initiative.
The “Because I want to be” initiative is driven by the Rebecca Foundation to empower out-of-school girls with skills training.
The initiative, according to the first lady seeks to ensure the continuous education of girls, with the aim of leaving no one behind. Girls who have dropped out of school or at risk of dropping out will be identified and supported to ensure they stay in school. Those who cannot will be supported to acquire an income generating skill.
“The challenges to educating our girls remain daunting, ranging from financial constraints to social and cultural injustices. The remedies to these multifaceted and interrelated issues must be policy based and will require an active involvement of our communities”, Mrs. Akufo-Addo emphasised.
International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March every year, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.