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MFWA, CFI, train 32 female journalists in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire on Women Empowerment

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The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in partnership with the French media development agency, Canal France International (CFI), has trained 32 female journalists, including freelancers, in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire on women empowerment.

The initiative forms part of efforts to promote gender equality in the media in the two countries under the project titled Equal Voices. The objective of the project is to combat gender inequalities and stereotypes while promoting women at all levels of responsibility in Ivorian and Ghanaian societies through gender-aware and gender-sensitive media practices.

The women empowerment training strengthened the skills and leadership capacities of the female journalists to feel able to pursue professional aspirations and career goals contributing to a better representation of women and their concerns in the media. It also enhanced their knowledge on the concepts, theories and underpinnings of gender and women’s rights, challenges and critical trends as well as the media’s role in promoting women empowerment.

Participants in Côte d’Ivoire in a group photo with Agnès Kraidy, President of the Network of Women Journalists and Communication Professionals of Côte d’Ivoire (sixth from left)

In her remarks at the opening of the training, in Ghana, the MFWA’s Programme Director for Media and Good Governance, Abigail Larbi, bemoaned the dwindling numbers of females in editorial and leadership roles in news media organisations and encouraged participants to avail themselves for such roles.

“When we continue to discuss issues confronting gender inequality, and we’re emboldened to speak up, we get empowered as women. We need to take up positions and also be at the top with the men. There’s more than enough room for both women and men,” he said.

The training workshop, in addition, enhanced the capacities of the female journalists to advocate for and develop organizational policies that foster women’s representation as agents of change.

Participants also engaged in practical story development sessions, receiving guidance to produce and publish more gender-sensitive reports contributing to a more balanced and inclusive representation in media.

Some seasoned media managers and news editors were also invited to share their leadership journeys and challenges with the participants. Issues such as conflict management, supervisor-subordinate relationship, male competition, public speaking and managing online presence were highlighted.

Some of the participating female journalists shared their feedback on the training.

Christiana Anyang-Mintah from Garden City Radio said “This workshop has been very enlightening. I have come to be more self-aware. I’m also taking away lessons on how to better work with people within my professional environment as well as external characters who may influence my work in one way or another. My output on gender-sensitive reports will be more than I was producing prior to participating in this training.”

In September 2023, the MFWA and CFI launched the Equal Voices project to strengthen the capacities of female and male media professionals to establish and develop managerial and editorial policies that promote a better representation of women and a more balanced gender representation.

Eight media organisations – four each in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana – were competitively selected as beneficiaries of the project. Media managers from the selected media organisations also engaged in coaching and mentorship sessions where they were trained to be more gender-aware and institute gender-sensitive policies in their newsrooms. For instance, the Media manager for Radio Soliel CI+ in Côte d’Ivoire, Mambo Marietou, in a conversation with the MFWA, shared how the project has impacted her media organization:

“We have set up a gender-focused show and have introduced a programme for young girls called “Entre Nous Filles” (Between us girls). We have also revised the content of the already existing women’s programme, “Entre Nous Femmes” (Between us women). To promote gender balance in the newsroom, we have also recruited a young female host who will soon start hosting our new show, “Planète Soleil”, where we’ll discuss a range of topics. We’re also in the process of developing a gender policy.”

In Ghana, the Head of Programmes at Radio Justice, Yunus Mumuni also said, “Aside from the eye-opening trainings for our staff, the peer-to-peer coaching sessions for media managers have helped us to put in place a number of initiatives. We have designed a new show called Agenda 30%. It will be hosted by one of our reporters who is a beneficiary of the gender-sensitive reporting trainings and feature discussions on female representation in governance generally and especially towards Ghana’s 2024 elections. We also now have a female journalist who hosts The Super Morning show on Thursdays; previously, the show was hosted by only men.”

Also in Ghana, the General Manager for A1 Radio, William Jalulah, said “As a result of the enhanced capacity received under the Equal Voices project, we have created a new show called “Equal Voices”. And hosted by Humu-Khrusum Tahiru, one of the project training beneficiaries. I’m also putting things in place to set up a Gender desk in the newsroom where gender-related stories will be reported and produced from”.

The Equal Voices show on A1 Radio, in Ghana hosted by Humu-Khrusum Tahiru, a beneficiary of the gender-sensitive reporting and women empowerment trainings under the Equal Voices project

So far 40 journalists – males and females, have benefited from the gender-sensitive and women empowerment trainings under the project and receiving mentoring and coaching for quality story development in order to produce and publish more gender-sensitive reports.

Source: MFWA

Liza Abagrey heads to runoff in UDS GRASAG presidential race

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A level 600 MPhil Management and Planning student at the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Liza Abagrey, is hoping to become the Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG) President for the university.

Ms. Abagrey outperformed her contenders, securing a simple majority win in the election. According to Ms. Abagrey, it wasn’t until hours after she was declared the winner that the Electoral Commission explained that she needed 50 percent +1 to win the election.

For this reason, there is expected to be a runoff on Friday, July 19, 2024.

When Ms. Abagrey spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Equal Voices programme, she was optimistic that Friday’s outcome would not be any different from the previous results.

Speaking about her experiences while running for the position, Ms. Abagrey recounted what she described as the unfortunate comments that have been made about her and the general remarks often made about women who put themselves up for leadership positions.

She explained that the comments included accusations that these women are sexually promiscuous, irresponsible, and cannot tend to the home; a role that has been socially assigned to women.

For young women who want to run for leadership positions, Ms. Abagrey said, “Composure is key. You also need focus and discipline. All the machinations because you are female would come out, all the accusations, all the attacks, will come. I have got them. I just put them aside.”

She added, “If you keep listening to negative things, you would not go anywhere. If you listen to what people say, it would demoralize you.”

Ms. Abagrey continued to say that some of the attacks targeted at women seeking leadership positions are deliberate.

“I want to tell the women out there, some of these things they do are intentional to cow us into sitting in the homes, to sit in the rooms and allow others to lead us. They are intentionally making us feel that we cannot lead. Sometimes, people mistake boldness for arrogance.”

She charged other women interested in taking up leadership positions at the tertiary level to remain focused and continue to persevere to see their dreams realized.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Bolgatanga|

Chief of Manyoro appeals for support to reroof basic school

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The Chief of Manyoro, Pe Clement Atudipare, is calling on the government and benevolent organizations to urgently aid in reroofing portions of Manyoro basic school, which was damaged by a rainstorm a month ago.

On June 10, 2024, a rainstorm damaged portions of Manyoro Primary B block, affecting three classrooms and an office. This situation resulted in some pupils staying away from school.

In an interview with A1News, Pe Atudipare said the situation is hampering effective teaching and learning.

He said, “Yes, this is Manyoro Primary School, and it happened on June 10th. The rainstorm occurred at night, and the following morning we saw that the whole place was scattered, the roof was off, scattered everywhere. We tried to come together as a community to see how best we can support rebuilding for teaching and learning to continue. But things are hard; it’s beyond our control. This school should be a very important issue for us, the municipality, and the region as a whole because it has been recognized as having one of the highest student populations within the region. We are pleading to the general public, the government, NGOs, individuals, whoever can come to our aid to solve or support us. Otherwise, most of our students are at home now because there’s no place for them to sit, and it’s especially critical because it’s the rainy season.”

The assemblyman of Manyoro Electoral area, Kingsley Kanwee, said he has reported the issue to the Municipal assembly, yet nothing substantial is happening.

“The rainstorm on June 10th destroyed the roof of three classrooms and the headteacher’s office. I quickly reported it to the municipal assembly, and the municipal chief engineer came and checked the place. They said they are doing the estimates. We are now following up to see whether they can roof it for us. It affected our children’s learning because they can’t come to the school to learn. The whole place is left like that. This rainy season, and even the sun itself, they can’t sit and learn. Those three classrooms and the office, all those children are in their houses. They can’t come to school for learning to take place. A class hosts about 100 plus pupils. It’s always congested.”

The Municipal Chief Executive of the Kassena Nankana Municipal, Joseph Adongo, confirmed that he has received news about the school.

According to him, the assembly has tasked the engineers to assess the extent of damage and report back, which they have done. The assembly is now looking for funds to reroof the school so pupils can continue learning.

He said, “It was reported by GES, we sent our engineers to look at it. They have done the assessment. We have to look at what is involved, what we need, what materials we need. We have got the cost; it’s now left with us to mobilize resources and then come and put it back in place. For now, we cannot give dates, but it is something that is dear to our hearts, and we think that we should work on it to make sure that the students can come back to their classrooms.”

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHz|Samuel Adagom|Bolgatanga|

Consider NPP retaining Binduri seat a done deal – Salahudeen

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The Member of Parliament for Binduri, Abudali Abanga, is likely to retain his seat. This is despite the fact that MPs for that constituency have often failed to succeed in their second attempts to represent the constituents.

The people of Binduri are, however, ready to support Mr. Abanga’s return to Parliament because of the level of development he has driven in the area.

This is according to the Upper East Regional Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Salahudeen Musah Al-Khomieni. He said this in an interview on A1 Radio’s ‘Daybreak Upper East’ show.

The developments include the drilling of over 144 boreholes, the connection of communities to the electrical grid, and the development of sports, health, and educational infrastructure.

Beyond boreholes, he stated the NPP’s footprint extended to employment schemes for young people. Mr. Al-Khomieni mentioned support extended to farmers through the provision of pumping machines, underscoring efforts to boost agricultural productivity.

Speaking on electoral prospects, Mr. Al-Khomieni exuded optimism, saying, “We are working extra hard to secure the seat.”

Highlighting infrastructural achievements, Mr. Al-Khomieni mentioned the successful lobbying efforts for a National Health Insurance office, currently underway in its construction phase. He urged voters in Binduri not to disappoint the incumbent and asked them to give him the necessary support. “I was in Binduri and I can see all the developmental projects that were undertaken by the Member of Parliament, and I am appealing to the people of Binduri, if they are listening to me, they shouldn’t disappoint the man. He has tried so much. He has changed our lives and this is the time for them to also repay him by re-electing him back to parliament.”

In a direct challenge to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate in Binduri, Al-Khomieni issued a stark warning: “The NDC parliamentary candidate in Binduri should not waste resources in his campaign because he will lose the election,” he said.

His assertions were not limited to Binduri alone, as he predicted success in Pusiga and Bolga East areas, reinforcing the NPP’s regional ambitions.

Furthermore, Mr. Al-Khomieni hinted at an approach towards ensuring electoral success, stating, “I can assure the NDC that this time around it’s going to be boot-for-boot.” This statement, he said, reflects the heightened stakes and competitive spirit characterizing the political landscape in the Upper East region as the election date draws near.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHz|Gifty Eyram Kudiabor|Bolgatanga|

Hanatu Anyagri hopes to become first female SRC president for CKT-UTAS

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A Level 200 Public Health student of the C.K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS), Hanatu Aninya Anyagri, is hoping to become the first female Student Representative Council (SRC) President for the institution.

Speaking to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Equal Voices, Sunday, July 14, 2024, Ms. Anyagri explained that since childhood, she’s always been a leader.

Recounting growing up in Garu, Ms. Anyagri explained that she has always contested the class prefect position and won. When she moved to Navrongo to attend the Navrongo Senior High School, she ran and became the Head Girl Prefect.

While serving as Girls’ Prefect, she was able to work towards securing a permanent office for all girls’ prefects. Additionally, her eloquence and articulation caught the attention of many of the teachers and management members of the school.

These experiences, Ms. Anyagri said, have prepared her for the role of leading students at the tertiary level.

“When I got to CKT-UTAS, I think in my first week, I don’t know how the current administration got to hear about me, I was there and they sent me an official letter to appoint me as part of the audit committee. I saw that as an opportunity and a platform to know more about myself. It was not easy.”

“With this, I quickly realized that there was a lot to do. Basic things that the students needed were being overlooked. I told myself that if wherever I find myself I take up leadership roles, then CKT-UTAS should not be an exception,” she said.

Since declaring her intention, she has met countless opposition not because she is incompetent but because she is a woman and the thought is that she cannot lead. These criticisms, she maintained, would however not deter her from seeing the task through.

While admitting that elections are financially demanding, she has received some goodwill from those interested in her journey.

Ms. Anyagri hopes to deal with basic issues like expanding toilet facilities and access to them on campus. She again mentioned that she hopes to make students and lecturers more comfortable in the lecture halls by fixing broken fans.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Bolgatanga|

Climate change crisis: Former MOFA director calls for urgent action, solutions

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CEO of Green Plant Consult and former director of MOFA-Accra, Roy Ayariga, has underscored the negative impact of climate change.

Mr. Ayariga called for immediate action by stakeholders to help communities mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

He identified human activities such as deforestation, charcoal burning, and bush burning as primary contributors to this global crisis. According to him, the felling of trees releases stored carbon, exacerbating atmospheric greenhouse gas levels.

Mr. Ayariga made these comments at a recent public lecture organized by the Upper East Regional Branch of the Ghana Journalists Association in partnership with Feed the Future Policy Link Ghana.

One of the critical consequences Mr. Ayariga highlighted was the rising sea levels, posing significant threats to coastal communities’ lives and properties. Additionally, he pointed out that increased flooding, often accompanied by waterborne diseases, is becoming more prevalent.

Furthermore, changes in rainfall patterns were noted as adversely affecting agriculture. Mr. Ayariga lamented that unpredictability in planting seasons due to decreased rainfall has disrupted traditional farming practices, making planting decisions a gamble rather than a certainty.

Drought, another consequence of climate change, was emphasized for its devastating impact on agriculture, leading to crop failures and food insecurity. Mr. Ayariga stressed the importance of maintaining or dredging river capacities to mitigate flooding risks effectively.

In terms of solutions, Mr. Ayariga advocated for enhanced soil fertility management practices and heightened awareness campaigns to address the root causes of deforestation and related activities driving climate change.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHz|Gifty Eyram Kudabior|Bolgatanga|

MORE-WOMEN launches a UNDP-funded Livelihood Project in Manyoro

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Movement of Rural Entrepreneurial Women (MORE- WOMEN), a women and youth-focused Organization has launched a livelihood empowerment project entitled; “Strengthening Livelihood Opportunities for Vulnerable Populations through Support to Women and youth” in Manyoro, a community under the Kassena Nankana Municipality in the Upper East Region.

The project aims to equip women and youth with innovative skills, knowledge, resources, and support to achieve sustainable livelihoods.

The project is part of the “Preventing and Responding to Violent Extremism in the Atlantic Corridor,” a broader initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) funded by Governments of Denmark, Australia, Norway and Germany. UNDP has been implementing the project with the Upper East Regional Peace Council since 2023.

This component aims to address the drivers of radicalization leading to violent extremism by enhancing the socio-economic livelihoods of women and youth. By focusing on unemployment and other key drivers, we aim to strengthen community resilience against such threats.

UNDP has been implementing this initiative with the Upper East Regional Peace Council since 2023.

Addressing community members in Manyoro, the Program Manager of the MORE Women project, Mr. Sixtus Akanzinge Nsoh, indicated that the project is expected to improve the socio-economic resilience of youth and vulnerable populations in the Manyoro community.

He said, “The project’s objective is clear: to improve the socio-economic resilience of at-risk youth and vulnerable populations in the Manyoro community. We will achieve this by providing employment and livelihood support opportunities, including holistic skills-building, mentorship, and leadership initiatives.”

“Over the next five (5) months, we will be supporting 50 direct and over 1,000 indirect beneficiaries in various ways, including: Enhancing income generation activities through farm inputs (9 farmers), provision of equipment for hairdressers (4), livestock/small ruminants (20), and working tools (5 welders and 10 weavers), and supporting 2 VSLA groups with Seed Fund, providing comprehensive business training, financial literacy, and marketing support, facilitating access to credit and business registration, organizing mentorship and coaching workshops designed to promote self-awareness, social bonding, and the diversification of social networks.”

Mr. Nsoh called on the chiefs and opinion leaders to support the project to realize its potential.

David Angaamba, who spoke on behalf of the Upper East Regional Peace Council, admonished community members to help security agencies by sharing information with them to rapidly respond to issues that threaten peace in the community.

The Municipal Chief Executive of Kassena Nankana, Joseph Adongo, expressed gratitude to UNDP and MORE Women for partnering with the government to provide livelihoods for vulnerable women and youth groups in the community. Mr. Adongo, however, charged beneficiaries of the project to put the resources to good use to help them maintain a good standard of living.

The Chief of Manyoro traditional area, Mr. Atudipare Clement, expressed his excitement about MORE Women and UNDP choosing his community to implement this livelihood empowerment project. Mr. Atudipare has promised to take special interest in supervising beneficiaries of the project to ensure that its potential is fully realized.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHz|Samuel Adagom|Bolgatanga|

Dorongo dam slated for rehabilitation under SOCO Phase II

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The Dorongo dam has been shortlisted for rehabilitation under the Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) project’s second phase after several appeals and lamentations by residents.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Bolgatanga, Rex Asanga, who disclosed this to A1 News during the handover of some SOCO projects to communities, expressed confidence and assured that the assembly is committed to rehabilitating the dam for the benefit of the community this year.

“The Dorongo dam, we are going to start with the first phase of the rehabilitation. Because it is a very important project for us, so in the second phase of the SOCO we have a lot to do and the dam cannot be an exception,” he said.

Residents of the area have repeatedly called for the dam’s rehabilitation, emphasizing its importance for farming activities in the community.

The dam’s rehabilitation is expected to enhance agricultural productivity and improve the livelihoods of farmers in the community.

Following the announcement by MCE Asanga, residents who spoke to A1 News expressed their gratitude and relief that their long-awaited plea has finally been heard.

“We are extremely happy and thankful to the government for remembering us. The rehabilitation of our dam will bring life back to our farms and ensure food security for our families,” Nyaaba Baba, a resident, said.

Another resident, Sunday Nsoh, added, “We have been struggling to irrigate our crops due to the dam’s poor condition. This news is a game-changer for us. We can’t wait to see the rehabilitation works begin.”

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHz|David Azure|Bolgatanga|

12 Assemblies in Upper East Region appoint persons with disabilities – GFD applauds progress

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The Ghana Federation of Disabilities (GFD) has praised the Municipal and District Assemblies in the Upper East Region for their efforts in representing persons with disabilities in their recent Assembly member appointments.

According to the laws governing the appointments of assembly members in the country, at least, one of the appointees must be a person with a disability.

But that was not the case in the region previously. In Assemblies before the current ones, the GFD had expressed disappointment when only two out of the 15 Assemblies appointed members from the association, failing to meet their expectation of 100 percent representation. However, in a remarkable turnaround, 12 out of the 15 Assemblies have now appointed persons with disabilities to represent the interests of the association.

Speaking to A1News, the Upper East Regional President of the GFD, Mark Akubire Atiah, expressed excitement and gratitude, saying, “We are thrilled to see that our concerns have been heard and addressed. This inclusive representation is a significant step towards empowering persons with disabilities in our region.”

According to Mr. Akubire, only Garu, Nabdam, and Bawku assemblies do not have GFD members fully represented. In the case of Bawku and Garu, the GFD is yet to elect their local leaders. But in the Nabdam district, the leadership of the association is not convinced that the individual appointed to represent them is indeed a person with disability and does not represent their interests.

The GFD commended the Assemblies for their commitment to disability representation and encouraged them to continue promoting inclusivity and accessibility in their decision-making processes.

This development is a testament to the power of advocacy and collaboration, ensuring that voices of persons with disabilities are heard and represented at the local governance level.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHz|David Azure|Bolgatanga|

Illegal miners injure 5 security guards in Earl International’s underground mining pit

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Earl International Group Gold Ghana Limited has confirmed a violent attack on their private security guards by illegal miners in their underground mine. The incident occurred on the night of July 11, 2024, at approximately 9:00 p.m. at Shaft 2 Level 3.

According to a press release from the company’s Public Relations Department, over 30 illegal miners invaded the mine area to steal blasted ore and mine from the stopes.

The company’s security guards were called to intervene and arrest the trespassers. However, the illegal miners, armed with harmful weapons, attacked an expatriate and the security guards, resulting in injuries to five guards.

Three of the illegal miners were apprehended during the altercation. The company mentioned that this incident is part of an ongoing challenge they face due to the activities of illegal miners within their concession.

The illegal miners have constructed unauthorized pits to access the underground area and have become increasingly bold in their attempts to steal ore, often entering the area immediately after blasts or hiding in cross-cuts and stopes before blasts.

Earl International Group Gold Ghana Limited expressed deep concern over the high level of risk and disruption caused by these illegal activities. The statement recalled a similar incident on June 26, 2024, where approximately 50 individuals were found hiding underground just before a scheduled blast, thanks to the vigilance of a blast man.

The company reiterated its commitment to engaging with stakeholders and regulators to mitigate the troubling situation and ensure the safety of its operations and personnel.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Joshua Asaah|Ghana