Gender Minister wins award

Nana Oye Lithur,Minister for Gender,Children and Social Protection












The Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Nana Oye Lithur, has won the 2015 Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up (DUSUSU) Project Award for African Education Development and Excellence.

The Award, instituted by 12-year-old Zuriel Oduwole (the 13th Most Influential African of 2014), honours and appreciates the work of Gender Ministers in Africa. The Minister’s win was influenced by her contributions to gender parity and education of the girl child.

It comes on the heels of a commendation of Mrs. Lithur’s social protection sensitivity, by the new United Nations Resident Coordinator, who praised the Minister for her commitment to the welfare of the underprivileged.

The criterion for selection is the programmes implemented by African female and gender Ministers and their impact on society, especially persons with disabilities, the aged and the vulnerable.

The DUSUSU programme aims to encourage girls to pursue education, sensitise parents to what girls can do, given the opportunity, and encourage leaders to fight for girl child development.

Zuriel Aduwole presenting the Award, said it was to recognize the commitment of a leader who has prioritised the protection of the rights of the vulnerable on a continent on which social protection is a challenge.

The DUSUSU programme Miss Aduwole , disclosed, was nominated among the 33 women who impacted the world in 2014 by ELLE Magazine , and settled on the Ghanaian Minister for her unflinching commitment to the protection of the rights of all persons.

Nana Oye, a human rights lawyer, said she was flattered by the honour and promised to work even harder for the empowerment of the underprivileged in society.

“It’s an encouragement and an inspiration, because it came as a surprise and I’m inspired by it to achieve more in terms of protecting the child in Ghana,” she stressed.

The chairman of the occasion John Alexander Ackon, said the achievements of the African born American, Zuriel, must encourage parents to give their children the best education.

He appealed to parents not to stifle ideas of their children but develop them for their own good.

Mr. Ackon assured that government would do all within its powers, to protect the rights of every Ghanaian.

By Julius Yao Petetsi & Mavis Menano  

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