IWD photo competition launched in Accra

Accra 5 February, 2015 – UNIC Accra and the Goethe Institut have launched this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) at a media briefing at the Goethe Institut in Accra. The launch was primarily to announce a photo competition on the local theme; ‘Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it and Make it Happen’ coined from the global theme Make it ‘Happen’.

Robert Sobotta, Director of the Goethe Institut addressing the audience

Robert Sobotta, Director of the Goethe Institut addressing the audience

The Goethe Institut has been the hub of culture exchange between Ghana and Germany for many years. It has encouraged all art forms and entrepreneurial use of the savvy of the arts. The Intitut, has supported the marking of IWD for several years running, and the Director, Mr. Robert Sobotta in his welcome address pledged his support to championing the cause of women empowerment in our societies.

A cross section of the audience at the press conference

A cross section of the audience at the press conference

Ms. Cynthia Prah, the National Information Officer of UNIC Accra, announced the details of the competition, adding that though women contribute significantly to socio-economic development, their contributions hardly receive the same recognition and value as their male counterparts. IWD, marked all over the world on March 8, therefore creates the stage to recognize, acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of women while calling for equality.

Ms. Prah announced the call for submissions of photos which should satisfy the following criteria;

  • Participant must be a Ghanaian
  • Aged between 20 – 35yrs
  • Photos must be submitted in 5 copies on the theme Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it and Make it Happen.
  • Photos should be submitted in both softcopy on CD and hardcopy (printed) to Goethe-Institut before deadline on February 17, 2015 at 5p.m.
  • Pictures must be in 10 x 12 inches size, in coloured or black and white.

Three winners of this competition will receive cash prizes ranging from GHC 1,500.00– GHC 500.00  Their pictures, along with selected pictures from the United Nations in Ghana and the Goethe Institut would be exhibited at the Institut for at least two weeks.