UNIC partners with local NGO to organise essay competition on gender equality

Accra – About 400 female students aged 10 – 14 years will be involved in an essay competition this year to mark International Day of the Girl Child in October.  The competition, known as the Model Girls Essay Competition, is the second being organised by Insight Foundation Ghana, an NGO, in collaboration with UNIC Accra, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Ghana Education Service of the Ministry of Education.

UNIC NIO Ms Cynthia Prah addressing  the gathering

UNIC NIO Ms Cynthia Prah addressing the gathering

The main objective of the essay competition, which has been launched in Accra as part of activities to mark International Women’s Day, is to sensitize the public and create awareness on the gender-related issues while motivating female students to enhance their research and writing skills.

The Acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Christiana Gockel, launched the competition. The Executive Director of the Ghana Book Trust, Genevieve Eba-Polley who was the guest speaker, admonished students to take their education and reading seriously. The National Information Officer, Ms Cynthia Prah, commended IFG for such an initiative to get young girls think and write on the topic “…Innovative ways of improving gender equality in Ghana”. She however encouraged IFG to involve boys in such competitions.

UNIC Accra will be part of a team of partners to carry out outreach activities on “improving gender equality” in the 14 participation schools in the Greater Accra region until the essays are written in May.