Naba Bilheesong Lagwongt, the chief of Kotintaabig, a community under the Sakote Traditional Council has recognised the need for women to be supported, empowered and assisted to reach their fullest potential.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show at his residence in Kontitaabig in the Nabdam District Friday, June 24, 2022, Naba Lagwongt explained that years before his accession to the throne, women in the community did not have a voice. He said the women were not allowed to explore the many socio-economic opportunities around them.
With his vast experience and education, Naba Lagwongt who is a lecturer at the Bolgatanga Technical University (BTU) and a PH.d candidate thought that he could use his position to ensure the total wellbeing of the women in his community.
” … the women do not have the same power as the men, so I am standing against people who will manhandle their wives at home. Even if you talk to some of the women around here, they will tell you that this chief has done well because we [the women] now have a voice. Unlike those days when you can be beaten and have nowhere to go, now, if you touch your wife, I will come for you.”
“It is not all the time that women will rush here and the judgement would go in their favour. Assuming you have done things that are overboard, you do not come and say the chief should support you because he has come out to say that he wants to empower women. We look at all the cases individually and we are able to give fair judgement,” he said.
Because of this support for women in this area, women are flourishing in their economic lives. This is according to the chief of the area.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana