Shea Network Ghana (SNG), a leading non-governmental organisation in the promotion of the shea business in Ghana, has held a Gender Model Family (GMF) summit in the Mion District of the Northern Region to encourage men to be supportive of their spouses in domestic chores and other economic activities.
The one-day summit held on Monday was organised by the SND in partnership with OXFAM and SEND GHANA with funds provided by Global Affairs Canada.
It was attended by traditional and religious leaders, governmental agencies, teachers, students, GMF ambassadors, and GMF families, among others.
GMF is part of a five-year Women’s Economic Advancement for Collective Transformation (WEACT) project implemented by seven consortiums of organisations: OXFAM, Norsaac, SEND GHANA, Friends of Nation (FoN), Shea Network Ghana, Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) and the Tung Teiya Women’s Association.
The project seeks to improve the ability of women to individually and collectively overcome the legal and social barriers to their participation in agriculture and economic activities, and improve the capability of household members to recognise, reduce and redistribute unpaid work freeing time for women to actively participate in economic activities among others.
A project officer in charge of the GMF at the SNG, Saani Sharifdeen, said in an address that the Gender Model Family, was a transformative approach to community mobilisation to address the unequal power relations between women and men, and also promote a longer-term transformation of harmful gender norms.
He also said the GMF was initiated to create an environment of fair division of labour, strong family bonds between a wife, husband and children, better access to family resources by women and children, and more consultative and joint decision-making for families.
Mr Sharifdeen indicated that the GMF had a target of 720 beneficiaries out of which the SNG was working with 120 families.
He was optimistic that the GMF would enable husbands and wives to live in an equitable and just manner for enhanced economic growth and development for women, children and the youth in society.
The Chief of Salankpang, Naa Issah Alhassan, in his comments, expressed gratitude to the SNG and its partners for choosing the community to implement the project.
In her submissions, a representative of the Social Welfare and Community Development office at the Mion District Assembly, Madam Angelica Gyogluu, urged men to be supportive of their spouses, children and families.
She also called on parents to live responsible lives worthy of emulation by children so that they can grow up and become better future leaders.
On his part, the Head Teacher of the Salankpang Primary School, Mr Alidu Bukari Zakaria, in remarks, lauded the GMF project and called for its expansion beyond the families to school to help change the perception of gender at the schools.
FROM TIMES REPORTER, TAMALE