Akuma Mama Zimbi (middle) and Afua Asantewaa Aduonum (right)
The maiden edition of the Ghana Outstanding Women Awards (GOWA) has been launched at a very colourful ceremony in Accra.
Billed to take place on November 30, 2018, the awards will confer honours on Ghanaian women who have impacted the growth of the country in areas such as politics, health, education, sports and showbiz.
Mrs. Afua Asantewaa Aduonum, founding president of GOWA, said at the launch of the event that women have played “vital roles in our socio-economic setting yet the society, especially Ghana, has, to a large extent, failed to recognise their efforts.”
“However, GOWA has a strong conviction that the time has come for women who are doing great exploits in their respective endeavours should be accorded the honour they deserve,” she highlighted.
Francisca Duncan Williams, the chairperson of the programme, reiterated the need to empower women by recognising their efforts.
“For me, wherever women are mentioned remains my heartbeat with the reason being that from creation, God created a helpmate for men, which are women and I think it’s about time women rise and celebrate who they are, other than wait to be celebrated,” she said.
Madam Duncan Williams added, “Women have done so much right from conception, but I believe women have not been appreciated as they should, so I encourage women to get educated and know who they are.”
Meanwhile, nominees for this year’s awards will be announced during this week, as organisers screen possible candidates.