Accra, March 11, 2015 – A two-week photo exhibition has been opened in Accra as part of activities to mark International Women’s Day. The photos on display include those of three winners of a competition launched by the United Nations, Ghana and the Goethe Institut, and images captured by the two organisations that reflect on their work and on the theme ‘Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it and Make it Happen’ .
Mr. Robert Sobotta, the Director of Goethe Institut in his welcome address expressed his regret that no female submitted a photo for the competition. On the other hand, he was impressed that men have expressed interest in the issue of empowering women, adding that it is a good sign for women all around the world. He reaffirmed his personal stance on women empowerment adding that he will continue to champion the cause of marginalized women.
Ms Christine Evans-klock, the UN Resident Coordinator called on all and sundry to build on the successes chalked in the past 20 years following the Declaration of the Beijing Platform for Action and ensure equal opportunities for boys, girls, women and men. Her call was backed by Hon John Alexander Ackon, the Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection who recounted the efforts of government to ensure gender eqality. He lauded the initiative to use pictures to draw attention to women and the need for equality adding that pictures will give a better appreciation of what women have had to endure in order to achieve milestones in their life.
The winner of the competition, Mr. Nicholas Adatsi, has been awarded with 1,500 cedis while the first and second runners up, Geofrey Buta and Gerald Nartey received 1000 and 500 cedis respectively. The winning photos and other photos on the theme by UN agencies in Ghana will be displayed at the Goethe Institut till the end of the month.