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The General Secretary of the Ghana Mineworkers? Union (GMWU), Mr. Prince William Ankrah has challenged women in Ghana?s labour unions to compete with their male counterparts for leadership roles in labour movement both in Ghana and at the international level.

Womens Rights
Womens Rights
He said they should not feel intimidated but rather aspire to the highest of positions available, as that would make them competitive for leadership.

Mr Ankrah said this at the Fifth National Women’s Conference of the Ghana Mineworkers’ Union held at Tarkwa, in the Western Region, at the weekend.

The conference was held on the theme ?Count Us In.?

Mr Ankrah said women should not be discouraged by challenges like cultural barriers and lack of resources, which he indicated ?will forever persist ?.

He said women could only make the difference and be counted in all decision making, whether in labour unions or other fields of endevour, through capacity building just like anyone, who wants to lead would do.

Mr Ankrah pointed out that at the global and national levels, there were a number of laws, conventions and policies aimed at encouraging women into the labour movement’s leadership and urged Ghanaian women unionist not to relax but explore all opportunities to develop their potential to the fullest, for the general good of society.

The Associate Executive Director of Wassa Communities Affected by Mining (WACAM), Mrs. Hannah Owusu-Koranteng, stressed the need to step up the campaign, where women trade unionists would play lead roles in fighting for a new world, where workers? right would be respected, irrespective of one?s gender and colour.

She said it was gratifying to note that countless women, despite the stereotype, intimidation, discrimination and name calling, were excelling in the labour movement.

To her, the Ghana Mineworkers? Union, (GMWU) deserved commendation for creating the environment to encourage women to operate in the mining industry, which is a male dominated industry.

Host of popular GTV programme, the STANDPOINT, Ms. Gifty D. Anti, said women should not allow themselves to be used as tools of destruction.

She said if women were to be counted then they must be encouraged to take advantage of career development programmes in order to be prepared to assume leadership positions.

She urged women unionists to use social media such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram and Twitter positively to endeavor to become change agents, not only at the workplace, but in the entire community.

Source : GNA/newsghana.com.gh

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