CCE Holds Annual Women’s Confab

Professor Domwini KuupoleThe Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) has held its 2nd annual women’s conference, on the theme: “Equality for women is progress for all through total inclusion for all”.

The three-day event, which sought to promote female advancement in the country, was initiated by the Distance Education Students Association, Ghana, (DESAG) and was attended by the members from all the study centres, across the country.

The conference also sought to strengthen the capacity of female students pursuing distance education programmes to break the stereotype concerning female advancement to take up challenging roles in their various field of studies.

In an address read for him at the opening ceremony, last Friday, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Domwini Dabire Kuupole, noted that “UCC is an equal opportunity institution as it grants access to women from all walks of life”.

“The Distance Education programme is one major medium for attaining equality for women through total inclusion. We do not discriminate against women during admission, but rather we have been seeing increased numbers of women enrolling on our numerous programmes” he said.

He said that there were some challenges involve in the promotion for women equality and noted that in many institutions of higher learning throughout the world, discrimination against women was rampant.

Some women, Prof Kuupole said, had also contributed to such situation, saying, “We must deal with stereotypes, negative perceptions, inactions and our own acquired and self imposed biases”

He further said that one major way to achieve equality was through education and urged all delegates and women on the distance education programme not to stop after attaining their first degree.

“Now this is possible, as the University has rolled out nine programmes at the post-graduate level through distance,” he indicated.

“Gender equality and women’s empowerment has been a top priority for me from day one of my administration. And I am committed to making sure that the University of Cape Coast walks the talk” he said.

The Director of the Centre for Continuing Education, Prof. George K. T. Oduro, noted that “women, in spite of their indispensable role in social development, were most often at the receiving end of discrimination and unfair treatment in the society”.

According to him, there were numerous cases of discrimination against women ranging from conscious suppression of women’s development by some husbands, discrimination against women in terms of promotion in certain perceived masculine positions, wife beating among others.

He expressed the hope that the conference would critically address the theme and also come out with a communiqué that would help enhance policies associated with women’s progress in the country.  From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast

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