Youth Harvest Foundation, as part of its efforts to empower and inspire adolescent and adolescent girls in communities to participate in active roles has launched an initiative dubbed; “Pogmenka Project” that seeks to empower 300 young girls and women in two districts in the Upper East Region.
The project, the foundation said aims at contributing to reduce gender inequality through an increase in the participation of girls and women in decision making in their respective homes in the Bongo and Nabdam Districts.
Speaking at the launch in the Nabdam District, the Project Coordinator of the Foundation, Abigail Adumoliga says one of the ways that women can fully participate in decision making was through achieving their financial freedom which the project deemed it necessary.
“Yes, you will agree with me that there has not been full participation amongst women or girls when it comes to taking or making a decision in the home. So, as a foundation, we thought it wise that such attitudes ought to be changed. And for it to be changed, it has to start from where women have financial freedom. And with the funding from the Plan International through Global Affairs Canada, beneficiaries of this project will be supported with such.” She said.
According to her, the project will last for three years where an estimated number of one hundred and fifty women and girls out of five communities in each of the two districts are expected to benefit.
“In these communities, we will be looking at young girls and women between the ages of 15 and 35 years where they will get skills empowerment that will earn them financial freedom as well as lead them in the decision-making process.” She explained.
The Nabdam District Chief Executive, Agnes Anamoo, who launched the project on behalf of the two Districts, called for the need for all and sundry to rally around and support the foundation to achieve its objectives as women rights and empowerment will continue to be a developmental issue in Ghana.
Appreciating the initiative of the foundation, the Chief of Nyogbare, Naba Zougbire Kpalembey pledged his full support, adding that “for a nation to be prosperous, it needs the commitment of women and children”.
Naba Kpalembey further charged his community members especially the teaming teen girls to take keen interest in the project to become the real women that they wish to be in future.
Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana is a youth-focused Non-Governmental Organization that seeks to help the deprived youth to conserve and develop their mental and physical strength through education and entrepreneurial training to improve their livelihood.