Otiko Djaba; embodiment of women’s empowerment-Assembly woman 

Comfort Darbo and Ambassador Mrs Shani Cooper

Ms. Comfort Fosuah Yaa Darbo, Assembly woman for Dwaaho electoral area in the Ahafo Ano North Municipality of Ashanti region, has described Madam Otiko Djabah, former minister of Gender Children, Women and Social Protection and as embodiment of Women’s empowerment.

The incumbent  Assembly woman who is also aspiring for the upcoming November Assembly members’ elections, stated that, Otiko is the true definition of women empowerment, since she has proven herself time without number that she is a strong and determined woman.

According to her, she does not let any form of intimidation stop her from what she wants to achieve.

Sharing her experience as a participant at a training  workshop dubbed, preparing women to win 2019 Assembly elections, and build capacities of Assembly women to empower them fully participate and win the upcoming district assembly elections in November this year.

The workshop which was organized by the Embassy of Israel in partnership with the Henry Djaba Foundation and the German International Agency, hosted at Israel Embassy in Ghana, took the participants through topics such as Fundraising strategies, Campaign tactics, communications and lobbying skills among others to enhance effective participation of women in politics.

According to the Assembly woman, women in leadership need to emulate such character, since the journey they are embarking on as women in Leadership is not an easy task. She encouraged the women to be strong and determined to get to their targeted goals. Some of the resource persons include Mrs Joana Opare, Mrs Josephine Arthur from Access bank, representatives from GIZ and the Electoral Commissioners of  Liberia and Sierra Leone respectively.

Mrs. Shani Cooper, the Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, said the Embassy decided to partner the Henry Djaba Foundation to help groom more females for the local assemblies.

She said Israel had, over her 60 years relationship with Ghana, been supporting capacity building programmes in Ghana and Israel, in agriculture, health, politics and women empowerment.

Mrs Cooper said the “Women to win Elections” initiative would help them understand local politics, which affected and impacted every aspect of the society.

The founder and Executive Director of the Henry Djaba Foundation, Madam Otiko Djaba at the workshop explained that, it would build the capacity of more women to take up leadership positions in their various District Assemblies.

Madam Djaba challenged  the women to be persistent and rise in their pursuit for political office, adding that though she wished to stay off active politics, she had to nurture and build capacities of many young women to take up political positions and contribute to making a better society”.

She pleaded with all Ghanaian electorates to vote massively for women aspiring to become members of their various Assemblies to enable them   engage in the  local politics to ensure a balanced society.



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