On the 18th of November, 2020, Savannah Women Integrated Development Agency Ghana held its first policy implementers forum at the Institute of Local Governance as part of their Women Empowerment for Leadership and Action for Development project (WOMEN-LEAD).
The WOMEN LEAD project which was launched this year with funding from Plan International Ghana and Global Affairs Canada main objective is to empower, amply the voices of women and influence the implementation processes of gender-sensitive policies through engagements with primary duty bearers and stakeholders responsible for women-related issues in the country.
SWIDA-GH first Policy Implementers Forum brought together heads of institutions in different sectors of government establishment who work to maintain the dignity and protect the lives of women.
They included the department of gender, department of social welfare, department of labor, department of children, Ghana Health Service, Ghana Education Service, Ghana Youth Guide, National Vocational Training Institute, National Commission for Civic Education, Legal Aid Commission, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice and Community Water and Sanitation Agency.
These institutions are part of the agencies, that formulate, implement and supervise policies that concern the wellbeing of women in the region. What this forum seeks to do is to share knowledge on various policies that empower women and how they can seek for help when the need arises.
SWIDA-GH is a women empowerment Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), based in Tamale with its core mandate to economically empower rural women. Over the years, SWIDA-GH has helped to acquire lands for women to farm, worked with youth groups in the northern region to sensitize and campaign against child marriage, violence against women, and run mentorship programs for young girls.