By: Junsung Rashid
The Upper West Regional branch of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA), has organised its maiden Women and Gender Regional Conference in Wa at the regional secretariat at Napogbakolee.
The Conference, under the theme: “Gender Equality Today For A sustainable Tomorrow in the Nursing and Midwifery Professions” attracted representatives and committees within the nursing and midwifery profession from all the eleven districts and municipalities in the Upper West Region.
It also brought together high profiled personalities from the academia in diverse professions.
ASP Adongo Apiiya from the Domestic Violence and Victim support Unit (DOVVSU), of the Ghana Police Service took representatives through a comprehensive submission on the need to sensitize the public especially patients and clients on domestic violence.
He elaborated on physical, economic and emotional abuses including Female Genital Mutilation and the charges on each crime.
Delivering the keynote address, Senior Lecturer and West African Regional Gender Representative of (ATUPA), Dr. Hamidatu Darimani Saaka, stressed on the need for a true gender mainstreaming in societies and work places, advocating and encouraging women to compete seriously with men in all spheres.
A Labour Expert and Guest Speaker for the occasion, Alhaji Abu Kuntulo called on more robust women participation in governance.
“The centrality of gender equality of women and men workers, women’s empowerment and the realization of women’s right in achieving a sustainable gender equality has been increasingly recognized in recent decades worldwide” he said.
He gave five thematic areas which he believes, when implemented, would automatically take gender mainstreaming to a paradigm shift.
The areas centered on the need for stakeholders to develop policies on gender and gender neutrality issues, advocate for amendment or abolition of obsolete law, need for GRNMA to identify specific issues, roles and responsibilities, need for GRNMA leadership to undertake mainstreaming activities and for the Association to collaborate and network with other unions and associations to lobby for the ratification of ILO convention numbers 156 on workers with family responsibilities and 183 on maternity leave which seeks to provide women with better protection in reproductive health.
Regional Chairman for the GRNMA in Upper West, Mr. Lawrence Bagrmwn encouraged women to break the silence on representation by taking up leadership positions within the Association and other health professions.