GRASAG- UCC Celebrates International Women's Day In Grand Style

[By: Adu Sarpeah, UCC] “In the chest of a woman is not only an extension of the breast and a feeble heart, but a strong desire to hold and use power!” as posited by the late Efo Kodjo Mawugbe in his play book titled: ‘In The Chest of a Woman’. Therefore, women as part of God's creation are supposed to be unique and possess a strong character to effect positive changes in the areas where they operate.

The world has witness countless number of women in their respective fields contributing immensely to the growth and development of their countries and the world at large. Therefore, the 8th day of March every year has been set aside to celebrate women across the globe for their tremendous contribution to humanity.

In view of this, Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG)-University of Cape Coast (UCC), in collaboration with GRASAG National celebrated this year's International Women's Day by organizing a program on the theme: ‘BE BOLD FOR CHANGE'.

The event, chaired by Professor Dora Edu Buandoh was graced by personalities like Kafui Danku and Prof. Rosemond Boohene as Guest of Honour and speaker respectively. Nonetheless, all the aforementioned personalities were hosted by Nancy Grace Baah, who's the current GRASAG - UCC Women's Commissioner.

However, the event was also graced with the royal presence of Queen mother of the Effutu traditional area, Naana Gyabaa. Some selected students from Aggrey Memorial, Edinaman, Eguafo senior high school were also in attendance to be part of the event.

Delivering a keynote address on behalf of Professor Rosemond Boohene, Dr. Alberta Bondzi-Simpson lamented about the wrong perception people have about beautiful ladies who hold higher position in the country.

"Can't women be successful on their own without passing through the backdoor?" she asked.

She also intimated that the cliché, ‘use what you have to get what you want' has never been the best counsel.

Nonetheless, she admonished the audience in the auditorium which comprised majority of women to be hardworking and stop being a burden on men. She encouraged women to be industrious and develop 'a can do' spirit in all their endeavours.

On issues relating to Health, Mr Gideon Saah Johnson tackled one of the greatest enemy to women's health. Thus, women from time immemorial have been battled with the disease called cancer. Statistically, 8.2million people die of cancer every year. Therefore, as the world sets 8th March aside to celebrate women, there's the need to create awareness on cancer as it continues to harm our dear women.

Mr Gideon stress on the types of cancer we have in the system. Namely; breast, cervical and prostate cancer. It's an established fact that breast cancer continues to be the most infected of all the types as it affects the most sensitive organ of the woman body. More importantly, he stressed on the fact that women should self-examine their breast at least once a month in order to find quick remedies to new developments.

Nana Gyabaa, Queen mother of Effutu traditional area spoke about the relevance of achievements of women in history. She acknowledged the remarkable achievements of some women who are no more, but have left remarkable footprints especially Yaa Asantewaa.

Nana Gyabaa, Queen mother of Effutu traditional area
Nana Gyabaa, Queen mother of Effutu traditional area

To climax the event on the day was when the floor gate was opened to the guest of honour, Kafui Danku to give a pep talk on the theme of the year dubbed: ‘BE BOLD FOR CHANGE'.
Entrepreneur and TV hostess, Kafui Danku encouraged today's woman to be bold in every step they take.

Kafui Danku
Kafui Danku

According to her, all successful people we have ever come across or known possess the trait of boldness. Therefore, there is no way a woman can be successful in her chosen career without being bold.
She said, it is only the attitude of boldness that can help overcome the hurdles or difficult challenges in life.

More importantly, the event was climaxed with the presentation of various citations purposely to reward deserving women who stand for change and exhibited traits of boldness in their endeavours.

Effutu Queen mother, Nana Gyabaa, Dr. Alberta Bondzi, Prof. Rosemond Boohene and others were part of those who were rewarded with the enviable citation plaques.

The chairperson, Professor Dora Edu Buandoh contemplated on a line that was contained in a poetic verse delivered by a gentleman called Kofi Flair which goes like: ‘why am I lucky?’ Thus, his mother chose not to abort him after conception, but endured the pains in labour and gave birth to him. This clearly depicted why we should hail and exalt our women on every 8th day of March in every year.

GRASAG-UCC Women's Commission use the opportunity to launch a philanthropic project dubbed: Annual Schools Outreach Program (ANSOP) to create awareness on pertinent issues troubling the female students in various second cycle institutions in the country.

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