Atinka FM’s Regina Asamoah joins Ghana’s delegation to UN as gender-drive journalist


Atinka FM’s Deputy News Editor, Regina Asamoah, has been nominated member of Ghana’s delegation to attend 62 Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UN-CSW) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Ms. Asamoah together with three other Ghanaian journalists is currently participating in the UN-CSW62, 2018, scheduled for 12th– 23rd March, 2018.

The session will discuss challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

A number of high-level interactive dialogue on the priority theme, ‘Building Alliances to Achieve Gender Equality and The Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls’; Accelerating Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and Achieving Concrete Results by 2020” will feature prominently at the session.

Similarly, an interactive expert panel on the review theme: “Participation In And Access Of Women To The Media, And Information And Communications Technologies And Their Impact On And Use As An Instrument For The Advancement And Empowerment Of Women (Agreed Conclusions Of The Forty-Seventh Session” will take place. Another interactive expert panel on ‘Innovative Data Approaches For Measuring Progress On Gender Equality And The Empowerment Of Women And Girls’ will be held.

Ghana’s delegation is led by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba.

She will among other things  make a presentation on efforts initiated by the Government of Ghana to bridge the inequality gap as well empowering women and girls.

The country officially endorsed the ‘HeForShe’ movement with a mammoth national launch by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on December 12, 2017.

Ghana’s President who is the Co-Chair of the Eminent Group of Advocates on the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union Gender Champion for 2017 urged all decision-makers to support policies and programmes that empower women and girls.

‘HeForShe’ is a solidarity campaign for the advancement of women initiated by UN Women. Its goal is to achieve equality by encouraging men and boys as agents of change and take action against negative inequalities faced by women and girls.

‘Operation get off the street now, for a better life” project is certainly another initiative that Government has rolled out to identify and deliver the core set of basic services to secure the reintegration of street children, strengthen policies that address the causes of streetism, develop mechanisms for coordinating activities of organizations involved in delivering services to street children and conduct Advocacy activities to lobby support in addressing the phenomenon.

Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba hinted that since the project was founded on the recommendations of the Child and Family Welfare report and Policy, they will, through this programme, promote the other equally important objectives of the policy to enhance and strengthen family care systems and sensitize communities on the laws protecting the rights of children and the benefits of family based care.

Ghana will hold a side event during the UN-CSW62 under the theme ‘The Role of Women and Girls in the Eradication of Poverty in Rural Ghana’ facilitated by the, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.

Ghana | |Regina Asamoah, New York

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