The Youth Advocacy and Campaign Coordinator for Norsaac, Mrs. Blessilla Na-Ofoe Kandoh, briefed the audience about the Norsaac and their new strategic plan.
In their new strategic plan, Norsaac will seek to improve economic opportunities, improve health care delivery, better educational outcomes, peace, and stable communities and social protection.
The Girls and Female Empowerment officer at Norsaac, Nancy Yeri who also leads the ENOUGH! project spoke about the event and the need to have these discussions to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence at all levels in our society.
As part of the activities to honour women’s month in March, Norsaac organised a panel discussion centered on women and issues relating to the Covid 19 pandemic and the effect it has had on women in Ghana on the 18th of March, 2021 at Mariam Centre.
The event which was on the theme “The Impact of Covid-19 on Gender and Women Empowerment” brought together women from all adverse groups.
These groups included students, youth groups, market women, female musicians, sister CSOs who are also working in the gender and women related issues as well men.
The first-panel discussion which was on the topic, “SGBV in the Midst of Covid19” had Issah Rahama as the moderator. Alhassan Bushira, the Northern Regional director of the gender department, DSP Emmanuel Codjoe Holotu, the Northern Regional Director of DUVSU, and Etornam, a female musician were the panelists.
While DSP Emmanuel and Madam Bushira shared what their agencies are doing to help victims and as well as policies and intervention that are being implemented to protect women and children against gender and sexual based violence. They also talked about how our society and cultural construct is protecting the perpetuators of these crimes.
Madam Henrietta of NBSSI debunks the theories that the funds were given to political loyalists. She made it known that some people did not fill in their details correctly. She also mentioned how the sagnerigu district supported communities by assisting women groups to register.
Madam Humu also talked about her organization, what they do to support out of school youth acquire some vocational skills and start their own businesses, and Madam Sherifa, a market woman highlighted the effect of the pandemic on businesses and how she applied for the government support funds but was not given the money.