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Report On Women’s Economic Empowerment (Wee) Group Programme Launch
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On Thursday, 10th November, 2022 the Hon. MCE, Raymond Nero accompanied by the Municipal Coordinating Director honored an invitation to attend a programme launch organised by the Northern Women Economic Empowerment organisation (WEE-NORTH) a renowned Non-Governmental Organisation who is doing exceptionally well in empowering women in industrial trades in the Northern belt of Ghana.

In the address by the Gender Equality Promotion Coordinator, Ms. Humu-Hani Adam, she indicated that WEE-North being a five-year project is funded by Global Affairs Canada and being implemented by Alinea Foundation. She mentioned, the project aims at empowering young women, aged 18-35 through practical trades and personal development training to enable them land decent jobs in industrial trades such as electrical installation, brick laying, carpentry, welding, plumbing as well as small engine repair.

The project operating in the five (5) regions in the north of Ghana and all the Fifty-five (55) districts have trained over Five Hundred (500) young women with over Three Hundred (300) women in cohort which has three (3) of these women currently under training according to the coordinator. Some institutions she cited having to absorb these women for training after completion included; Dr. Hilla Liman Technical Institute, WA Technical Institute and the ST. Basilides Technical Institute.

In addition, she said out of the Fifty five (55) Wee groups to be formed in few months, Nandom was a priority hence, she would ask for the support of the Assembly to support women empowerment in the trades which would make the initiative more successful and impactful.

In conclusion, she made it known that the young women having completed their training would have the opportunity to do attachments with local industries and subsequently form the Nandom WEE-Group. Emphasizing on what WEE-Group was, she said it comprise of young women in industrial trades who together engage in business, savings and loans, training, leadership and advocacy, and social support. With this, she added that the groups were pacesetters for promoting women’s economic empowerment in northern Ghana through industrial trades.

In the Hon. MCE’s brief address, he expressed his profound gratitude to the NGO for selecting Nandom to fully participate in this initiative which was going to empower young women in the Nandom Municipality to take on the challenge of becoming distinguished experts in the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector.

He however, encouraged these young women to go out there and make a huge difference by taking their newly acquired trade seriously, become tough minded because he was aware it is a male dominated sector and never relent in their strides to building a better future for themselves, family, the Municipality and the nation at large.

He finally promised to call on all stakeholders especially Hon. Assembly Members representing the various electoral areas to include the young women in their expert trade to enable the building of their confidence and serving as a livelihood to them.

The programme ended successfully with certificates been issued to these young graduates to officially certify and usher them into the job market.

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