African leaders urged to address women’s socio-economic needs

Professor Asha Singh Kanwar

The President of Commonwealth of Learning, Professor Asha Singh Kanwar, has urged African leaders to tackle poverty policies that are tailored to addressing the social and economic needs of women.
According to her, poverty must be tackled with social intervention policies to address cultural and social practices that perpetually put women at the situation in society.
Prof. Kanwar made the call during a visit to Koforidua Polytechnic to interact, exchange ideas and discuss new programmes that would benefit communities and the country at large.
She said women across the world, had progressively achieved much in academia, however, only a few of them were not assuming leadership positions, especially in developing countries.
Society, Prof. Kanwar said, to a large extent had certain traditional and cultural norms that had been designed to relegate women to the background to manage families instead of assuming leadership positions.
Proposing a way forward to developing societies, she said developing countries should adopt informal modalities to empower marginalised women.
Prof. Kanwar stated that transformational leadership was not something one was borne with, saying “ It is a skill that can be acquired and be taught,” and urged government and institutions to invest in women towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
The Rector of Koforidua Polytechnic, Prof. (Mrs.) Smile Dzisi, said in order for the Koforidua Polytechnic to live up to its new status by September, this year, she had reviewed all curricula into more interactive modules.
She said in keeping with the Technical University status, the polytechnic was also determined to introduce more science and technology programmes to supplement the existing ones.

From Nii Korley Commodore-Mensah, Koforidua

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