Cape Coast,Dr Martha Anang, Founder of the Dominion Leaders Foundation, has called for deliberate steps to eliminate impediments in the path of women’s career choices and their development
She said the surest way to bridge the gender equity gap was for women to step up their economic status through sustainable career development and growth as well as the expansion of their businesses
Addressing a group of women at a ceremony to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day in Cape Coast, Dr Anang said women should be encouraged to choose the right careers they could excel in.
The celebration which was held under the theme: Press for Progress, the career choice right of a woman, brought together women from the corporate world, young girls, students, queen mothers as well as members from the Dominion African ladies club.
Dr Anang said the one district one factory initiative of Government could be achieved in the short term if government focuses on grouping women and facilitating the expansion of their businesses into factories.
She said pepper selling business could be turned into an industry where pepper would be canned for preservation and export.
If French fries can be bagged and exported into this country, then women into yam and cassava selling can be supported to build yam and cassava industry by slicing them into frying sizes and bagged and preserved for export.
One district one factory initiative when left in the hands of women can be actualised in two years for all eyes to see, she added and called for flexible loans for women to enable them to expand their businesses
This will enable them to contribute effectively and significantly to the socio-economic development of the country because lack of access to soft loans to women entrepreneurs was hampering the growth of their businesses.
Dr Anang, a career analyst, said young girls must be provided with proper mentoring in their career choices and urged them to avoid non-profitable ventures but rather save for the future.
She also suggested that the Minister of Trade and Industry should be a portfolio for women since women are the core of many trading and entrepreneurial activities.
Dr Anang said her Foundation mentors young women to choose the right profession and also help prevent women from idling about.
Nana Ama Afra II, Twifo Abokoma Hemaa of Twifo Traditional Area, said although a lot has been done in ensuring gender equity, more needed to be done to get more women into leadership positions.
Source: Ghana News Agency