Former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings has revealed that former President Jerry John Rawlings used to wash their baby’s napkins when they had their first child. According to her, her husband, the former President was really helpful in their children’s upbringing.
Speaking at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST on Thursday 15th October, 2015 at a programme organized by KNUST GRASAG Women’s Commission under the theme ‘Stand out, Make a Mark’, the leader of the 31st December Women’s Movement urged parents and guardians to give their children the right upbringing in order to support their partners in a way that women expect their husbands to perform their duties. She says when it comes to women issues, no progress has been made so far to support them but have rather retrogressed.
The leader of National Democratic Party, NDP added that, numerous studies show that gender balance is good for business and as such, there need to be an attitudinal and cultural change in managerial and executive level in the corporate world.
She further called on government to have a deliberate intent through policies and effective implementation to create opportunities that allow women to move to political and managerial positions at the same rate as male counterparts.
The President of GRASAG KNUST, Mr. Felix Osafo in his welcome address underscored the need to ensure gender equality and women empowerment in all aspect of the economy. Miss Bernice Adutwumwaah Mensah, GRASAG KNUST Women’s Commissioner, also challenged her colleagues to emulate the likes of Nana Konadu and aspire to greater heights.
Also present at the occasion, the Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist , Dr. Frank Ankobeah called on the government of Ghana to implement a law to ensure an insurance policy for people with cervical cancer and to also embark on campaigns to increase its awareness.
The medical practioner at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital says cervical cancer kills more than any other Female cancer but is given the least attention.
Dr. Frank Ankobeah is therefore calling on policy makers to have a comprehensive policy to reduce the risk of getting cervical cancer.
He stated that the main cause of cervical cancer is through sex (sexually transmitted disease) and that multiple sexual partners increases one's chances of getting the disease. He added that early sex (sex before 20 years) is also a major contributing factor.
On her part, Mrs Bernice S. O Peasah, counsellor at the Dean of Students office at KNUST advised participants on how to combine academic work with relationships while in school.
The chief executive officer of Adinkra Pastries, Barima Osei Mensah also urged members to indulge in entrepreneurial activities to create opportunities for themselves.
A lecturer and wife of Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Dr. Mrs. Florence Ellis who chaired the occasion used the opportunity to advise students to engage in productive activities that seek to add value to themselves whiles on campus.
The Educational Forum, which saw the College of Science Auditorium full to capacity was well attended by both Graduate and undergraduate students, Lecturers and some staff of the university community. The Public Relations Officer of GRASAG KNUST, Mr. Richard Apau , revealed that, the program was purposefully designed to touch on all aspects of Postgraduate students’ life including academic, professional, economical, spiritual and many others.