Today is International Women’s Day and women all over the world, both feminists and Yaanom alike are having a field day extolling the virtues of femininity and the challenges of womanhood. International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March every year to recognize the achievement of women from all walks of life, be it ethnic, religious, linguistic, cultural, political or economic.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Press for Progress” and various women in power have taken the opportunity to advise and commend their fellow women for thriving in a so-called man’s world. Speaking in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson of Accra FM on the day, National Vice Chair of the National Democratic Congress, Anita Desoso has adviced young women to not jump into marriage at the least opportunity but ensure that they are fully prepared in all aspects before jumping into the institution.
She said, “Let’s sit down and ponder this celebration… To the young women, don’t fight for marriage, but rather prove that you can marry. Ask yourself whether you are prepared mentally, physically and emotionally for marriage. Let us prove to the men that we can do it, not to fight for it.”
Meanwhile, the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo marked the occasion by tweeting via his official handle, “Empowering our women is key to Ghana’s development. It is the surest way of rooting out poverty, and guaranteeing the progress and prosperity not only of our country, but of the continent. Happy International Women’s Day. #IWD2018 #PressForProgress. “
The Ghana Centre for Democratic Development, (CDD-Ghana) has also dignified the occasion via a celebration under the theme “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. While commending the significant strides made in the fight for women’s rights, justice, and equality, CDD-Ghana noted that progress towards gender parity remains low. They also noted the peculiar challenges Ghanaian women both in rural and urban areas are faced with that threaten their socio-economic and political development.
CDD-Ghana hopes that the nationally adopted theme for this year’s celebration “#WomenToo: Pressto Progress as Game Changers” will motivate women to strive for the change they anticipate in their lives.