RPC challenges women to venture into male-dominated professions
The Convention Peoples’ Party (CPP) challenged women to take on roles in male-dominated professions in order to break down barriers and make an impact in these areas of endeavour.
Nanahemaa Frempong Sarpong Kumankuma, president of the CPP, who launched the call, encouraged women to acquire vocational skills through formal academic pursuits or informal apprenticeships.
“You must not settle for any position, you must dare to climb”. The PPC Chairman said this during the Eleventh Monthly Stakeholder Seminar organized by the Ghana News Agency to address national issues.
Speaking on the topic: “The Journey of Women Entrepreneurs: Challenges and Prospects”, Nanahemaa Kumankuma urged women to organize things well as they acquire skills in various fields, especially the technological field. .
Nanahemaa Kumankuma noted that while voices for women’s equality, advancement and advocacy continued to grow, they were not having the required impact and women needed to catalyze change through with impactful commitment at the highest level.
She said “we can’t just continue an outdated conversation about women’s equality, the pace of change is not fast enough for the heightened expectations around equality.”
She said that despite the best intentions of gender advocates, structures continue to emerge to fight against women’s interest.
Nanahemaa Kumankuma noted that in political, economic, governance, social, religious and other spheres, national and local movements have only created dialogue and sparked conversation around gender parity.
“We haven’t fueled enough fire yet to scale the thinking or move things forward to see substantial change.”
“If we want to challenge the status quo and impact change, we need to consider how our biases, conscious or unconscious, affect our daily conversations and practices,” she said.
The CPP chair noted that these biases include the tendency to associate with people who remind us of ourselves or to seek information in a way that confirms our own perceptions and firmly held beliefs.
“These actions maintain the status quo within the organization and do not challenge established norms that may exclude underrepresented people in the organization.
“We need to dig deeper to explore our differences and challenge the status quo. This logic can transcend more practical applications, such as recruitment strategies, hiring practices or promotion criteria, and ask all of us to reflect,” she said.
Ms. Florence Essel, Deputy Director General in charge of the administration of the GPHA, speaking on the theme: “Perspectives of women in the blue economy: the contribution of women to 60 years of operation of the GPHA”, said that some machines and other operational mechanisms practically impossible for a woman to enter these fields in the past, but now the situation is changing.
Ms. Essel said that 16% of all GPHA staff were women, adding that the transit area is also headed by a woman while some women were in the management departments.
Sika Ramatu Lawson, Project Electrical Engineer in TOR’s Department of Electrical Engineering, who spoke on “Women’s Perspectives in the Petroleum Refinery Sector: Women’s Contribution to Petroleum Refinery Success Tema,” said the refinery which was purely an engineering-oriented field of work, was mostly dominated by men as fewer women study and work in this field.
Cynthia Kwarteng Tufuor, SIC Area Manager for Tema Region, speaking on “Perspectives of Women in the Insurance Industry: Women’s Contribution to the SIC Mission”, said that women make up about 60% of SIC Insurance’s workforce but occupy 35% of management positions.
Mr. Francis Ameyibor, Regional Director of Ghanaian News Agency Tema, said in his address that technology has practically balanced the workspace.
“Jobs that in the past required physical labor have changed as machines are now used to manage them. This allows the woman to also use the machines. »