June 14, 2024
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IWD: E4L advocates for policies that promotes safe space for women and girls

The Empowerment for Life (E4L) Program has advocated for legal frameworks and policies that promotes a safe space for women and girls as the world marks International Women’s Day.  The E4L program has also called on government and other stakeholders to intensify awareness aimed at creating initiatives about the digital gender divide and promote girls and women participation in STEM education.

The Empowerment for Life (E4L) Program made the call in statement signed byAbdul Rahim Fuseini, Technical Advisor, Education.

The statement noted that “the day marks another occasion for governments, organizations and individuals to review how far we have come in our quest for gender equity and development, and to look forward to salient and compelling actions that need to take place to ensure that the lives of women across the globe are improved”.

“This year’s theme aptly tagged, “DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for gender equity” clearly highlights the work of the Empowerment for Life Program which has over the years worked on building the capacity of a critical mass of women and young girls to play a more visible and active roles in promoting positive action towards achieving gender equity for a rapid transformative society” the statement said.

E4L Programme notes that although significant strides have been made in creating an ambient platform for women to advance their course through digital and innovation platforms, significant gaps still exist in the area of education, agriculture, local governance and livelihood safety nets for women and more still needs to be done.  

Mr. Abdul Rahim Fuseini explained that “Over the years, the E4L Programme facilitated women access to educational opportunities, resilient agronomic practices and economic empowerment through our innovative and times tested approaches. Efforts at these innovations, have significantly impacted in lifting women from the margins of society. As we commemorate this day, we wish to draw the attention of all relevant actors to the digital gender divide, mainly impacting vulnerable women and girls in deprived and hard to reach areas with low education and livelihood support schemes.  Low levels of women education coupled with the lack of digital skills for the internet and gender related barriers associated with access to and control over productive resources are the main barriers to “meaningful connectivity” for women and girls” .

The statement said while the Empowerment for Life Programme commends and lauds the effort of Government, Civil Society Organizations and Community-Based Organizations in the journey for the attainment of gender equity, the battle for gender equity requires the concerted effort of all and the need to bring on board all relevant players in the form of traditional and religious heads, women groups and various interest groups.

Story by Ibrahim Angaangmeni Alhssan

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