UN Women convene high level meeting to address gender inequality in West Africa

Accra – A High Level symposium aimed at mobilizing region-wide support for innovative programmes and mechanisms for financing and sustaining responses on gender equality at national and local levels is underway in Accra. The theme of the symposium is “Sustaining Responses on Gender Equality in West Africa” and it is being organised by UN Women in collaboration with other partners including the Government of Ghana, ECOWAS, The African Capacity Building Foundation, Cooperazione Italiana and Trust Africa.

A cross section of delegates at the UN Women symposium

Women heads of public institutions from the West African sub region, development partners, academia and the media are attending this 3-day symposium to reflect, debate and propose concrete measures for redressing continued gender inequalities. The symposium would also facilitate the building of public/private partnerships for effective implementation of member states’ commitment to women’s empowerment.

In her opening address, the UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, Ruby Sandhu-Rojon commended women for their exemplary leadership and selfless effort at addressing gender inequality in the region. She said despite the progress made, there are still challenges that need to be address and called on the delegates to find concrete and practical measures at addressing them.

Ghana’s Minister of Women and Children Affairs, Hon. Juliana Azumah Mensah assured the delegates of Ghana’s commitment to promoting good policies that will spearhead efforts for promoting gender equality.