Mrs Dzifa Gomashie, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, said empowering women is a proven and necessary tool for advancing development and reducing poverty.

She advised young women to stay focused and work hard to pursue their future aspirations adding that, young women must be determined to make use of every opportunity made available to them, because that was the only way they could impact lives and challenge men to treat them with respect and recognition.

Mrs Gomashie made this statement at a forum organised by Goethe-Institut Ghana, also known as German Cultural Centre with support from the United Nations Information Centre and Values for Life an NGO to mark this year?s International Women?s Day in Accra under the theme ??How Equality for Women Can Lead to Progress in Society??.

The event brought together other government officials, diplomats, institutional heads, celebrities and students from both senior high and tertiary institutions across the country. The National Drama Company of Ghana ?Abibigroma? also did a performance on the rights of women in society

Mrs Gomashie called on all to educate and inspire action within the communities to transform the lives of women and girls and eliminate all forms of violence and discrimination against them.

Mrs Rachael Apoh, Deputy Minister for Gender, Women and Social Protection, also called for efforts from all and sundry in fighting and protecting the right of women in the country.

She described women as the engine of growth, which constituted a larger percentage of the country?s population, yet most of them continued to be victims of violence, rape, human trafficking and domestic violence.

Mrs Apoh lauded the effort of gender pace-setters both in Ghana, Africa and on the international scene for fighting and protecting the rights of women.

She said the Ministry would set out implementing modalities for the progressive legislative and social intervention programmes to ensure gender equality through the promotion of the welfare system and protection of children.

Mrs Shirley Frempong Manso, a Movie Director, urged women to be fearless and always fight for their rights and called for the need to support each other to fight the cause of women.

Each year, International Women?s Day is celebrated on March 8 across the world to highlight the vital role women play in enhancing economic security for their families, communities and countries as a whole, while recognizing that significant barriers to achieving women?s economic security and equality continue to exist. GNA

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