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Girls Eductaion =Women Empowerment

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My perspective of women empowerment
Women empowerment is a soul search journey which results in the woman’s ability to know who she is and make bold decisions about every aspect of her life-spiritual, political, educational, professional, socio-cultural, financial, health etc

Empowering women involves conscious or unconscious efforts by the woman or and with the woman to equip her with information, knowledge, skills and to give her the platform to discover herself- her dreams, fears, strengths, weaknesses and potential.
Facets of women’s empowerment.
I believe in a holistic approach to women’s empowerment which should be targeted at the woman’s total development. Women need to be therefore empowered spiritually, emotionally, politically, economically, professionally and socio-culturally.

Who is responsible for women’s empowerment?
Everyone-The woman, her nation, her generation. Yes, you and me too.
Empowerment always begins with one self. Even where there are systems, people, policies etc to empower the woman, she must first of all resolve to be empowered by being proactive in gaining knowledge through reading wide, acquiring skills through volunteerism, and grabbing opportunities to be part of the today’s answers to local and global challenges
Importance of women empowerment.
When we empower women we are able to reduce poverty, promote democratic governance at all levels, and promote health, environment and sustainable development and above all achieve Millennium Development Goal 3.

My experience as a facilitator
I had the opportunity to volunteer as a facilitator for a community radio project on young people’s rights. I met many faces-young and old. Male and female. All of a rural community. My job was to help educate them about their rights and responsibilities, development issues including the Millennium Development Goals.
These young women were then to confidently and bolding speak out about issues that affect them in their communities and be part of the solutions and answers to emerging challenges in their community.
Today when I hear these young woman and men speak confidently and intelligently on radio about their rights and responsibilities and most importantly about pertinent issues that affect them in their small community and suggesting innovative answers and solutions to curb these problems I can confidently say that together we travelled on the empowerment journey as they have learnt to:

- Have confidence in themselves
- speak for themselves and for others in their community
-Resolve to go to school and break the poverty circle
-To be peer educators ,mentors and ambassadors for empowerment.
Difficulties
The woman empowerment voyage has never been smooth and may never be. Some of the challenges have been:
-Cultural barrier-Language, clothes, food, education
-Communication: how to make them understand the concept of empowerment.
-Geographical location of audience
In conclusion, no nation can attain optimum development in every sector empowering women.
An empowered woman is capable of doing infinite possibilities most of the time blowing million minds including her own. This is one of the million reason why I resolve to be empowered and to empower young women everyday in my own unique way where ever find myself.

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jadefrank's picture

Hi gifty, Isn't it amazing

Hi gifty,

Isn't it amazing how far a little empowerment teaching can go? I think one of the biggest challenges in empowering women on a global scale is what you mentioned - the challenge of indoctrinating empowerment when so many women aren't even aware of what rights are, that they have rights, or should be entitled to enjoy them. I love that you are so committed to empowering not only young women around you, but also yourself. Because it begins with self. I wish that I too could hear the women on the local radio stations Ghana speaking about their rights. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Warm regards,
Jade

ps. I love this picture!

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Hi Jade,

Thanks for your comments. After posting this article, i was wondering how i get recordings of some of the programmes by these young female voices and add it to my posts.Unfortunately, because of funds, this project is unhold. It gave the opportunity for young people including the young girls to sepak in their local languages to theri community memebers-parents, adults, peers, tradtional leaders etc.

However, we have another programme by andd for young people called "Gems of our Time" on uniiq radio (Ghana Broadcasting coorperation) where you will hear young voices including young women and myself on Saturdays. i will try and get you the link and find out how i can post some voices on World Pulse.

Ps. i am not sure why the typing is in red. Forgive me because i am technically handicupped sometimes and especially with new medium.

Glad you love the picture!
wishing you great weekend.
Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

JaniceW's picture

Well stated

Gifty, I love the photo! I think you summed it up well when you stated "Women need to be therefore empowered spiritually, emotionally, politically, economically, professionally and socio-culturally." Without having confidence in themselves, even those professionally empowered will not be able to advance forward as they will be hesitant to speak out. I so admire what you are doing to help empower young women in Ghana and know that many lives will be transformed for having interacted with you.

Unfortunately, our site does not support uploading audio recordings but if your radio programs exist elsewhere on the internet, you can provide a link to those sites where everyone can listen to them. I look forward to you sharing these with us. Best wishes,
Janice

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

thanks Janice

Hello Jnaice,
thanks for your nice comments. i am glad you like the summary and the photo. I will get an alternative to get the link for all readers. i am putting up a similar article for our national youth magazine. i have a deadline to submit the article today.
with love, gifty.

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

LUMA's picture

Wonderful women doing wonders

Dearest Gifty,
I read your post with such great enthaussiasm. Indeed, we are proud to have each other here on World pulse. What an educator and leader? going places others have feared to dare. Keep this up. Enable other women and youth to gain their sense of self and rights.
Your contribution is a great asset to us,them, your community and the world at large.

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

GREAT COMMENTS

Many thanks for this encouraging words. its an honor to be part of this life changing network and to have your comments.
with love
Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

Kizzie's picture

Hey there, This is a great

Hey there,

This is a great project! I'm sure it was life-changing for a lot of women. I'm really sorry you are short of funds. Here are a few organizations, you can apply for a grant.

1- African Women's Development Fund
2-Global Fund for Women
3- Mac Arthur Foundation
4-Mama Cash
5-Channel Foundation

I hope you can secure necessary funds to complete this project. Also, take a look at the Opportunities page it's under "About".

Good luck:)

JaniceW's picture

Great resources

Thanks for this Reem. I had not heard of a couple of these and will note them for future inquiries. I appreciate you passing along the information.

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Kizzie dearie,

Hi Kizzie,
Many thanks for this great information. i am really grateful to you.
with love
gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

Kizzie's picture

Janice, I'm actually working

Janice,

I'm actually working on a Grants Database, it's going to take me a while because I want to include a lot of organizations. When I'm done, I will email it to you and share it through Opportunities n Resources Exchange.

Dear Gifty

I am so sorry last time you told me to visit your side but I was unable. Please forgive me. I am searching an adjective to describe your work because everyone has already use my words. I admire you and your work. World pulse is amazing to brings all these wonderful women together.

Hey Did you forgive me??? Waiting to hear from you.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Forgave you Suin

Hey Suni,
i di forgive you long time ooooooo. like i told you before, you were so enthusiastic during the application because you had alot of time. I understand that now the academic pressure is mounting and you have exams to write too.
thanks for sqeezing time to drop these lines.
i appreciate them very much.
With Love,
Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

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