Thirty teenage girls have been selected from five districts and municipalities in the Upper West Region by Network for Young Women Empowerment NYWE to be schooled and trained on leadership skills and self development.
Speaking at the opening session of a 4-day training and capacity building workshop organized by Network for Young Women Empowerment NYWE with support from Plan International Ghana, Chairperson of the Network, Madam Ida Nakaar said the capacity building and training for the young girls is aimed at helping to unearth their individual potentials and also to equip them with the needed leadership skills for them to be massively empowered and stand the test of society.
Madam Nakaar said women and young girls have the potential of becoming leaders in society if they are trained and educated on leadership skills and self development. This she said will help encourage and strengthen women and young girls to compete and embrace leadership positions in society.
“The workshop is a self development workshop that will empower them and build their capacities so that when they get back to their various communities they will serve as change makers. We at NYWE believe that every woman no matter how young the person is, has the potential of being a leader, it’s just the matter of unearthing it and giving them the platform” she indicated.
The Chairperson of the Network urged parents and caregivers to assist and provide basic needs as well as mentor their children especially teenage girls in order for them not fall foul for young men to lure them to impregnate them. She noted that teenage pregnancy can be reduced if parents and stakeholders including the media advocate assiduously for the vulnerable girl child in society instead of always blaming them when they get pregnant.
For her part the Former Upper West Regional Girls Education Officer Mrs. Annacleta Viiru-Naab indicated that data from District Health Information Management System of the Ghana Health Service indicates that Upper West Region recorded 3,583 cases of teenage pregnancies. Madam Viiru-Naab expressed worry over rising figures of teenage pregnancies recorded in the region between the ages of 10 and 14 as well as 15 and 19 years. She called for a holistic approach to help eliminate the canker to redeem the image of the region.
Delivering a presentation on the topic, “Public Speaking and Lobbying Skills”, a Lecturer at the School of Education and Life Long Learning at the Simon Diedong Dombo University for Business and Integrated Development Studies (SD-UBIDS), Dr. Jane Lobnibe urged the young girls to develop and practice effectively their existing leadership potentials through self confidence. This Dr Lobnibe said will encourage young girls to always feel confident to take up leadership positions at every stage of their lives.
A lecturer at Simon Diedong Dombo University for Business and Integrated Development Studies (SD-UBIDS), Mr George Dery said one of the biggest challenges facing the country is low representation of women in leadership positions. This Mr Dery said affect their strategic participation in the development of the country.
The training and capacity building workshop was under the theme “Self development: unearthing the leadership skills of our young ladies”.