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CEGENSA Celebrate International Women's Day 2022

 


The University of Ghana's Center for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA), in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Ghana, celebrated  International Women's Day in 2022. Trends in a thriving academic career, exciting leadership and intellectual activity. In the opening remarks, Deputy Prime Minister Professor Nana Ava Apia Amfo said that the CEGENSAUNFPA webinar is in line with one of the University of Ghana's key strategic priorities on gender and diversity, fair and equitable. He said it aims to promote education, learning and labor. An environment for all members of the university community. 

 Professor Amfo points out that: She hoped that the Webinar series would unleash the potential intellectual and leadership potential of many  participants and allow them to grow. Above all, professional challenges at each level. Mr. Niyi Ojuolape, the Resident Representative, UNFPA, in brief remarks indicated UNFPA`s excitement to partner with CEGENSA to work together to promote gender equality and empowerment in higher education institutions and in the nation. 

 Mr. Ojuolape said the mutual agenda of the two institutions will build the capacity of women to take up more leadership roles at various levels in the country. Prof. Akosua Adomako Ampofo, the former Director of the Institute of African Studies and a founding Director of CEGENSA took the first turn in the conversation. Reflecting on her academic journey, Professor Ampofo stressed the importance of caring about others and recognizing the humanity in them because we that we are all affected by what happens to others. 

 She also warned female scholars not to work in silos.  "If you try to do everything yourself, you can't survive in science," she said. Professor Amfofo urged female scholars to respond to each other and make time for rest and enjoyable activities. Professor Amphofo, Principal Investigator and Producer of the documentary "When Women Speak," sheds light on a 60-second clip of the documentary screened at the webinar. 

 Professor Esther Sakyi Dawson of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science and the former director of the Academic Quality Assurance Unit were interviewed on Day 2 on "Counter Gender Bias: The Way to  a Prosperous Academic." She explained that  women and scholars need to build social networks. "As a scientist, it's important to develop a network, because having an unrecognized work or publication isn't enough to make a difference," she said. Professor 

 Sakyi Dawson encouraged women to be proud of themselves and not to consider women's gender as an obstacle to greatness and success. "Your comfort zone limits you, so you have to try better. Try it intentionally," he said.  Professor Daniel Flympon Ofori, a professor of the School of Humanities, acknowledged prejudice against women in his remarks  and urged female scholars to stay motivated and seize the opportunity to exist to prosper. 

 In the closing speech, Dr. Deborah Atobrah, Director of CEGENSA, noted that the Center has a keen interest in the mentoring and professional development of early and mid-career scholars who created the webinar series. She thanked the university leaders, UNFPA, and all participants  from Europe, the United States, other parts of Africa, and the locals. She was hopeful that the webinar series had achieved its aim of inspiring more women to achieve their goals. 

 History of CEGENSA 

 CEGENSA was set up by the Council of the University of Ghana in 2005 and launched in March 2006. The Centre`s vision is to be a place of choice for accessing innovative and creative programmes and policies which are committed to ensuring that gender equity is enshrined in all aspects of the institutional and intellectual culture of the University and in Ghanaian society. 

 CEGENSA carries out these functions: institutionalise gender as a legitimate business of the University; promote research on genderrelated issues; provide documentation on, and dissemination of, genderrelated research; provide services and facilities to meet some of the unique needs of female staff and students; promote advocacy and initiate policies on gender in the University; generate linkages with, and provide extension work on, gender with key stakeholders in government, NGOs, civil society and the donor community.

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