The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Nkoranza South Municipality, Hon. Diana Attaa Kusiwaa has stated that, the period when women were relegated to the kitchen were over since women too could empower the nation when given the opportunity.
The Nkoranza South MCE said that if there is ever a time to empower women then it is long overdue, adding that it is high time men are retired for women to take the frontline.
Quoting Oprah Winfrey, the Nkoranza South MCE said “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” She therefore tasked women to rise up and join this advocacy.
Madam Diana Atta Kusiwaa said these when he was addressing the students of Anglican University College of Technology during the Ladies’ week-long celebration at Nkoranza in the Brong Ahafo Region.
She said that women made up of 52 per cent of the population and so must be empowered economically to transform themselves, children and Ghana as a whole.
“The days when women belonged to the kitchen are over, the days when women were baby making machines are over, the days when women waited at home only to welcome back their husbands from work are over,” she reiterated.
She tasked the female students to use her presence at the occasion to glue to their books to become important persons in society.
“We are in the days where women can do better than what men can do, Mitchell Obama once said. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens,” she stressed.
She stated that had women been empowered thousands of years ago, Ghana would have not been at where it is now. “If we are thinking of empowering men today, we should have at the back of our mind that we are 1000 years late,” Hon. Diana Attaa Kusiwaa opined.
According to her, we cannot succeed as a nation if development and empowerment of women are relegated to the ground.
She urged parents to inspire their daughters, by devoting time and other resources to ensure quality education for them, including their moral upbringing.
She reminded the students of how precious and sacred their bodies are, and therefore, advised them not to allow them to be misused for monetary gains.
The MCE entreated parents to give the same opportunities given to their male children to the females since the females too can compete with their opposite counterparts when given equal opportunities