The late Ms. Eva Lokko, former Director–General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) was among five outstanding women who were honoured yesterday at the maiden edition of the Girls’ Inspirer Awards.
Organised by Insight Foundation Ghana (IFG), a non-profit organisation, the awards sought to celebrate women who had excelled in various fields of endeavour to inspire younger girls to pursue higher education and realise their full potentials.
Madam Lokko received a citation in appreciation of her contributions in the development of the media, sports, championing women’s rights both locally and internationally and being a source of inspiration to many young women.
Other awardees were Professor Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, the Director of Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD), Dr. Dorcas Coker-Appiah, the Executive Director of Gender Studies & Human Rights Documentation Centre.
Mrs. Jane Amavi Kwaku, an independent International Gender Consultant and Mrs. Angela Dwamena Aboagye, an advocate of Women and Gender issues were also honoured for making a positive impact on the development of women and girls in society.
In her speech, the Executive Director of IFG, Mrs. Christiana Gockel said the awards, aside celebrating the women achievers, would ensure that some brilliant selected girls received mentorship from the recognised women to develop their potentials.
“The programme would create a two-way strand whereby the women achievers will provide the demonstration effect whilst simultaneously serving as avenues for mentorship for the winners of our Model Girls’ Essay Competition”, she explained.
According to her, the importance of the girl child in national development can only be realised when there are well structured educational programs and capacity building frameworks.
Mrs. Gockel believed it was high time the experiences, knowledge and achievements of women were well documented to aspire future generations to reach higher levels in life.
She called on corporate organisations to support the initiative to shape and mentor adolescent girls to achieve their dreams and promote national development.
The National Information Officer at the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Mrs. Cynthia Prah, urged government to consider the gaps in data on girls in the country as the world marks International Day of the Girl Child on October 11.
The event held on the theme “Celebrating Inspirational Women Achievers to Empower Young Girls“ was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, government officials, women groups and students from some selected schools in the Greater Accra Region.
By Abigail Annoh