About UN Women in Ghana
UN Women Ghana provides support for theGovernment of Ghana through the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MoWAC), the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS), Ministry of Finance of Economic Planning (MoFEP) and the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) to incorporate gender concerns in national development processes. UN Women also provides support to CSOs including the media on gender responsive issues.UN Women Ghana is active at four critical levels – operations, research & analysis, advocacy, and operational programs & monitoring – in order to achieve outcomes in its priority areas:
- Priority 1: Expanding women’s voice, leadership, and participation
- Priority 2: Ending violence against women
- Priority 3: Enhancing women’s economic empowerment
- Priority 4: Making gender equality priorities central to local, national and sectoral planning and budgeting
For the year 2011, UN Women has been very committed to gender mainstreaming in national planning processes has been very influential. The GRB programmes embarked on by the country office has resulted in a provision of a platform for discussion and exchange of information on new and emerging issues on gender statistics, strengthening partnerships and collaboration in the development of gender statistics and generate gender responsive policies, and developing strategies to promote use of gender statistics.
In this same year, UN Women and UNDP, in collaboration with Institute of Economic Affairs have launched the first ever Gender and Development Dialogue Series. The series of public lectures is just one of the strategies UN Women is using to accelerate the pace of women empowerment and ensuring that a gender perspective is mainstreamed in all policies and programmes at the district, regional and national levels.
Furthermore, the two-year gender and climate change programme titled “Building Capacities to Influence Climate Change Policies from a Gender Perspective” ended in December 2011. The programme is expected to achieve long term impacts on the promotion of women’s rights and gender responsiveness in Ghana’s climate change policy making, mitigation and adaptation measures. Livelihood support projects have been launched in three out of the ten regions of Ghana.
→ Outlook for 2012-2013
The Country programme 2012-2013 will build on the programme on gender equality and aid effectiveness aimed at mainstreaming gender in national development processes. The programme will build on existing structures, processes and strategies including support to strengthening the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MOWAC), especially the GRB-MU. This is to facilitate the implementation of government policy on agriculture modernisation, the National Plans of Action on Domestic Violence, UNSCR 1325 and the national response to HIV and AIDS.
“In elections process, Women are voters, candidates and builders of peace and security” says Ms. Pauline Adobea Dadzawa of Ghana’s Electoral Comission
5th July, 2012 – Women leaders, media and other key stakeholders met in a historic engagement before the December 2012 Parliamentary and Presidential Elections in Ghana agreed a common partnership strategy. At the heart of Accra, a collective voice to reflect the active participation of women in electoral processes in relation to peace and security in Ghana underpinned the understanding among 50 participants that in elections process women are voters, candidates and builders of peace and security. Click Here to read the full article.
Ghana’s vice President affirms Women Leaders as Agents of Change
Accra, 26 Avril 2012 – “Africa stands at the threshold of economic explosion”, and “with vast untapped resources and potential, it is increasingly the toast of astute investors. The holding of a colloquium on women leadership is both timely and opportune” said Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba at a three-day Commonwealth African Regional Colloquium which took place in Accra from March 27-29 2012. The high level Colloquium was attended by ministers, senior officials, policy-makers and regional development organizations focused on women’s representation in decision-making, and more specifically, ‘Women Leaders as Agents of Change’. Click Here to read the full article.
International Women’s Day, empowering Rural Women.
08 March 2012,Accra- The Department of Women and Children’s Affairs activities included actions in the 10 regions of the country centering on regional specific issues relating to the situation and empowerment needs of rural women in both the formal and informal sectors. Climbing the Mount Aburi was one such activity which attracted media and civil society.Click here to read the full article.
Hundreds make a “Climb that Counts” to end Violence against Women in Ghana
12 February 2012, Accra -Over four hundred people participated on a 4 miles walk, a climb that counts, from the Ayi-Mensah barrier in the Greater Accra Region to the Kitase L/A Junior High School in the Eastern Region, seeking national commitment to curb violence against women and girls by 2015 within the framework of the Say NO – UNiTE campaign. The walk under the theme “Speak Up, Climb Up” was organized by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN) in Ghana.Click here to read the full article.
“What affects women and children affects men too!”
24 January,Accra - A men’s march was organized to raise awareness of and put an end to gender-based violence in the country. Over 300 men came together and marched through the main high street of the city in a strongstatement of no tolerance. It was the second time such a march was organized. This year, it gathered men from various backgrounds and professions, from police officers to taxi drivers. Not only did the march raise nationwide awareness to the urgency of ending violence against women and girls in Ghana, but it also constituted a forum for men to share experiences and discuss effective ways of changing men’s attitudes and behaviours. Click here to read the full article.
Closing Day of Symposium Calls for Mobilizing Action
15 September 2011, Accra – The Accra Symposium on Sustaining Responses on Gender Equality in West Africa closed on September 15th. Following on from the previous days’ presentations and discussions, the final day of the Accra Symposium focused on mobilizing action for gender equality. The aim was to transcend the identification of issues and opportunities and to apply the insights learned therefrom into effective and sustainable policies, strategies and mechanisms to enhance gender equality in the sub-region.The three day high-level conference had gathered Ministers responsible for Gender, Decentralization, Planning and Finance from the West Africa region,the civil society ,women’s organizations, UN agencies, research institutions and the private sector. Click here to read the full article.
Accra Symposium on Gender Equality Begins
13 September 2011, Accra- The opening of the Accra Symposium was held yesterday, September 13th at the Royal Palm Beach Hotel in Accra Ghana. The greatly anticipated high-level conference had attracted ministers of gender and finance from the ECOWAS region, researchers, members of civil society and the private sector, development partners, UN staff and other dignitaries from around the globe. The topic: Sustaining Responses on Gender Equality in West Africa. Click here to read the full article.
Pre symposium: Women’s Movement, Youth and Media on Gender Equality
12 September 2011, Accra - In relation to the Accra Symposium on sustaining responses to gender equality in West Africa, scheduled for the 13th to the 15th of September, a pre-symposium took place today Monday the 12th of September in Accra. The topic was Passing on the Baton: Issues of the women’s movement, youth and media in sustaining responses on gender equality in the ECOWAS region. The forum was organized by MOREMI INITIATIVE for women’s leadership in Africa with the support of UN Women.Click here to read the full article.
- Ghana Table of Activities for International Women’s Day 2013
- Ghana Table of Activities for International Women’s Day 2012
Contact Info:Ms Afua B Ansre, Country Programme Coordinator No. 7, 7th Rangoon Close
Tel: +233 21 785400
Fax: +233 21 762325