Mama Zimbi Foundation to establish vocational training for widows

The Mama Zimbi Foundation is to establish a vocation training centre to offer vocational training for widows to make them self-reliant.

A land has been acquired at Somanya-Akuni in the Eastern Region to build a gari processing factory, bread baking and the production of pastries.

The foundation has also established Ghana National Database on Widows to guide the policy and development planning on Ghanaian populace.

Ms Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi, Founder and Executive Director of the foundation disclosed this at the 15th anniversary celebration of the foundation in Accra.

It was on the theme: ‘Empowering Widows for Economic Independence.’

Ms Dongotey-Padi who is known in private life as Akumaa Mama Zimbi said the foundation was committed to motivate, empower and support widows and their children, educate adolescents on their sexual and reproductive health, and help educate the public on healthy relationships and marriage through counselling.

She said the foundation also recognized the unique struggles faced by widows and sought to make a positive difference in their lives.

She said over 500 widows from the Greater Accra, Eastern and Central regions have benefited from the foundation’s soft loans and were running their own businesses.

The Founder and Executive Director said: ‘Today, as we celebrate this 15th milestone, let us reflect on the tremendous impact that the foundation has had on the lives of widows,’ adding that it had transformed despair into hope, loneliness into companionship and darkness into light.

‘The journey is far from over, and there are still many widows out there who require our support, our love and our compassion, and that let us reaffirm our commitment to the cause of the foundation to stand alongside these remarkable women and to champion their rights and well-being,’ Dr Dongotey-Padi added.

Prophet Dr Cephas Kwame Kpegah Tamakloe, Founder and General Overseer of the Breaking Yoke Ministry International commended the foundation for the support for widows in the country and expressed the hope that the foundation would grow from strength to strength and continues its good work for widows.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Former CPP Chairperson reiterates women’s role in conflicts prevention

Hajia Hamdatu Ibrahim Hussain, former Acting Chairperson, Convention People’s Party (CPP) has underscored the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts.

She reiterated the need for women’s equal participation in peacebuilding.

Hajia Hamdatu Ibrahim Hussain, who is a Member of the Working Group on Women, Youth, Peace, and Security in West Africa and the Sahel (WGWYPS-WAS), made the appeal in her address at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the WGWYPS-WAS in Accra on the theme: ‘Unconstitutional Take-over of Governments and Transitions in the Sahel Region.’

She appealed to UN Member States to scale up efforts towards the full-scale implementation of UN Resolution 1325.

The Resolution, which was adopted in the year 2000, recognizes the disproportionate impact of armed conflict on women and calls for their full and equal participation in conflict prevention, resolution, and peacebuilding.

Established in April 2009, the WGWYPS-WAS is an inclusive platform for experience sharing, analysis, and participatory evaluation of initiatives and efforts in the West African and Sahel region for the promotion and implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions 1325 (2000), 2250 (2015) and subsequent ones, on the involvement of women and youth in conflict prevention and peacebuilding

mechanisms.

The aim of the week-long Meeting is to strengthen the understanding and coordination of action in the implementation and follow-up of UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 (2000), 2250 (2015), and subsequent ones on women, youth, peace, and security.

This year’s annual meeting aims to concretely propose strategies for greater involvement of women and youth in political dialogue in the ongoing crisis in the region.

Speaking on the topic, ‘Accelerating Ghana’s Implementation of the UN Resolution 1325 and 2250 for Sustainable Peace and Development,’ Hajia Hamdatu Ibrahim Hussain said these resolutions, adopted by the UN, had the potential to transform not just Ghana, but the world, by promoting gender equality, empowering youth, and fostering sustainable peace and development.

She said Resolution 2250, adopted in 2015, had taken a step further by highlighting the role of young people in building and sustaining peace.

She said together, these resolutions represent a roadmap for inclusive, just, and sustainable peace.

‘Ghana is well known especially within the sub-region as leading light of democratic rule and fostering peace, and development notwithstanding some challenges (such) as limited participation of women in leadership positions, and decision-making processes, inadequate budgeting, and limited attitudinal change,’ she said.

‘It is for this reasoning that all of us gathered here must work towards ensuring the effective participation of women and youth through accelerating the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and 2250 respectively.’

She noted the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and 2250 required a collective effort, involving government, civil society, academia, and the private sector.

Adding that it calls for a commitment to the principles of gender equality, youth inclusion, and sustainable peace from everyone.

She, therefore, expressed the hope that at the end of the Accra Meeting, the participants would among others gain increased understanding of UNSRC 1325 and 2250, as well as increase advocacy to cause policy changes especially in the interest of women and youth.

She further urged the participants to actively discuss to strengthen the Working Group to ensure the planning, monitoring and implementation of Ghana’s Ghana National Action Plan (GHANAP) 2.

She said Ghana had the potential to be a shining example of how the principles outlined in UN Resolutions 1325 and 2250 can be translated into meaningful action.

‘By empowering our women, engaging our youth, and fostering a culture of peace, we can accelerate our path to sustainable development, and prosperity. Let us stand united in our commitment to building a more inclusive, peaceful, and prosperous Ghana for all,’ Hajia Hussain said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We did not disgrace ourselves despite losing to Gold Stars – Kotoko coach Prosper Narteh Ogum

Asante Kotoko coach, Prosper Narteh Ogum beleives they did not disgraced themselves despite losing to Bibiani Gold Stars.

The Porcupine Warriors were stunned 2-1 at DUN’s Park on Saturday in the matchday 2 games.

Prince Owusu Kwabena of Gold Stars broke the deadlock in the 66th minute. The visitors equalized through Sherif Mohammed in the 71st minute.

Eric Bosomtwi scored the winning goal for Bibiani Gold Stars in the 74th minute as the home side secured their first win of the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League campaign.

Speaking after the game, Narteh Ogum said they did their best to secure a win but it is rather unfortunate that they lost, adding that they did not disgraced themselves.

“After the whistle, the players’ heads were up. There is nothing like a tropic confidence,” Narteh Ogum told StarTimes Ghana.

“We look confident, we are motivated. We came and did our best but we lost but I don’t think we disgraced ourselves.

“We played well only that out of nowhere, we conceded that second goal,” he added.

Asante Kotoko, who are without a win after two games will hope to secure their first win of the season when they host Karela United in the matchday three games at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday.

Source: Ghana Web

‘The impudence! If you’re disrespectful, I’m a rude boy’ – Mr Logic fights MC Yaa Yeboah

Tensions escalated during the UTV’s United Showbiz on Saturday, September 23, as Mr. Logic cautioned the youth against recklessness in their quest to demand accountability from the government.

In the midst of this discussion monitored by GhanaWeb, MC Yaa Yeboah interjected with a probing question as she sought clarity regarding the artiste manager’s characterization of the youth’s behavior as “stupid”.

The discussion was on the back of the 3-day #OccupyJulorbiHouse protest led by Oliver Barker-Vormawor saw thousands of Ghanaians take to the streets to voice their grievances to the government. Their demands included better living conditions, an eradication of corruption, and overall economic improvement, among other issues.

According to Logic, Oliver Barker-Vormawor has failed to call the youth to order, citing a Facebook post he saw early this year as the basis for his assertion. He recounted reading comments that called for violence, none of which were rebuked by Barker-Vormawor.

“Some of the youth think it’s all about protest. Some people are calling for war claiming they’re ready to fight. If you’ve not stayed in a violent community before, you think violence is good. I have experienced it and it’s not a good scene,” Logic explained.

“I went to Oliver’s Facebook page. People were pushing for a coup detat on his page claiming they would fight. And when I told them not to be stupid, they hurled insults at me. He didn’t say anything about these comments. I insulted him; I insulted them and blocked them,” he added before his description of the youth as being stupid was uttered.

“I want to caution the youth of Ghana. I’m not saying you’re cowards. The peace you have that makes you drive around and return home safely, that peace should be valued until 2024. Value that peace and stop being stupid. The youth should stop being stupid,” said Logic.

Media personality MC Yaa Yeboah was also a panelist on the show hosted by MzGee interjected, asking “what exactly” he meant.

“Please be quiet. I was quiet when you were speaking. You think I didn’t have any cause to counter you?” a visibly angered Logic retorted, but that did not deter MC Yaa Yeboah.

She replied: “You can’t base your submission on the number of comments under that post and say the whole youth is being stupid. You can’t do that.”

Yaa Yeboah’s reply triggered a stern warning from Mr. Logic who was visibly annoyed.

“If you’re loud, I’m louder. Behave yourself,” he cautioned.

“You too behave yourself,” Yaa Yeboah fought back.

Despite the host’s call for decorum, the two continued to counter each other.

“What I hate in my life is impudence. If you’re disrespectful, I’m a rude boy,” said Mr. Logic. “What right do you have to step into my submission? That’s stupidity.”

Undaunted, Yaa Yeboah countered: “We’re all having a discussion, I try to ask you a question and you say I’m being disrespectful.”

Given the intense atmosphere, the team had no choice but to take a commercial break.

Source: Ghana Web